Wily coyote disguises self as cute puppy dog - via Imgur
"I thought it was a puppy at first," said Cheyenne Harboe, "Then I got closer, and he was really skinny, and I thought he was probably sick." So the Fort Worth, Texas, woman, wrapped the animal in a blanket, named him Taco, and took him to a nearby animal hospital.
That's where she learned that the cute puppy she thought she was rescuing turned out to be a coyote. And not just any coyote - it's probably a coyote with rabies.
Veterinarian Karen Metzler told FOX 4, "The lack of fear in this puppy sets off alarm bells for the potential for rabies. The potential for rabies exposure is present in wildlife, and coyotes are known to be a high reservoir host for rabies." Animal control was called and the coyote was euthanized.
Harboe's adventure didn't have the sweet ending she had envisioned. "I kind of regretted like trying to help him out 'cause of the whole animal control thing," she said.