SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) – She could be the tiniest victim of the Poinsettia Fire in Carlsbad.
A Carlsbad man found this little coyote pup in his backyard. She was badly burned on all four paws. Thankfully he called Animal Services, who sent her to Fund for Animals Wildlife Center in Ramona, where she is expected to survive. But seeing her wounds, you know she went through a lot, alone.
The 10-week-old pup's fur is singed and covered in soot, but her most severe injuries are on her four paws.
"She should have nice dark pads like your dogs, and all of the outer layer of skin has been burned away," Director of the Fund for Animal Wildlife Center Director Ali Crumpacker said.
She wasn't burned to the bone, but enough to cause infection if not treated.
"At this stage, pain control and infection control are paramount," Crumpacker said.
The coyote pup has a 60/40 chance of surviving.
"I think she is very lucky," Crumpacker said.
They kept her face covered with a blue blanket to keep her calm, but we were able to get a quick peek at her adorable face -- and notice her ears were singed too.
All four blistered paws have been treated and wrapped. The wrap will keep infection out and help the pup have a bigger chance at living the life in the wild.
"If we can do all that, I think this little lady will be back out in Carlsbad later this year," Crumpacker said.
The Fund for Animals Wildlife Center says they will change her wraps every few days and keep her with other coyote pups so they can form their own pack and be released in the fall.
The organization says they are also caring for more injured birds whose wings were damaged in the wind. You may also notice more wild animals moving into neighborhoods because their home was damaged the fires.