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Burned coyote pup released back into the wild

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OCEANSIDE (CBS 8) - A female coyote pup that was injured during the wildfires earlier this year is finally being released back into the wild.

The pup suffered severe burns during the Poinsettia Fire in Carlsbad, and the Fund for Animals Wildlife Center in Ramona nursed her back to health.

She stared out, a bit confused during her first five seconds of freedom, but then instinct took over as she bolted away. For the first time in four months, the coyote pup is on her own.

It was back in May when she was found burned and blistered in a canyon.

"Her paws were dripping blood from after the first bandage changed. She just had no top layer of skin on her all four pads of her feet, and she had come close enough where it singed the outer coat of hair and fur of her body," Gina Taylor of the Fund for Animals Wildlife Center said.

Just weeks old, she was given less than a 50 percent chance of surviving. A male coyote pup brought in two days later suffered burns even more severe. But during the past four months the two have been receiving treatment and have both beaten the odds.

The release though, is bittersweet.

"It's the best day, I think, of their life. Put them back out in the wild," Taylor said. "So happy and proud, but at the same time you're nervous and scared for them. It's emotional, it's been a long journey with her."

So now, she waits for nightfall, and her first catch in an Oceanside canyon unaffected by the fires, but less than five miles from where she was rescued.

"I love this area, she just has wonderful territory, wonderful habitat. Especially right now with the drought, to have a great big water source for her. This is definitely great coyote territory. Now she just has to get her bearings and find a safe spot to hunker down until night time," Taylor said.

Some of the footage in the above video report was shot using a GoPro camera.

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