Animal experts save drowning wolf by giving it heart massage (but they steer clear of mouth-to-mouth)

Animal experts gave a drowning wolf heart massage and oxygen in a dramatic bid to save its life after it was found trapped in an icy river.

The operation was caught in a series of photographs taken by members of the team, and they show the blanket-covered male wolf being carried away on a stretcher after being pulled from the freezing water.

A specialist animal rescue team had been called to the woods after a walker spotted the wolf struggling to drag itself out of the river. It had somehow managed to fall in the water and had been quickly overcome by the affects of hypothermia.

Frightened and suffering, the animal initially evaded all attempts to approach him by the team.

Finally, and despite risks that the wolf could slip under the surface and not re-emerge, the team decided to use a tranquilliser to subdue him.

It took almost an hour to bring the animal out of the water at woods in Camugnano, near Bologna.

Once out and on the safety of the bank, a member of the team gave the critically ill creature life-saving heart massage as well as oxygen before it was rushed to a specialist veterinary centre

Scared and suffering: A wolf that had been struggling to get out of a freezing lake near Bologna, Italy, is subdued b a tranquilliser before animal experts move in

A team member involved in the rescue said: 'The wolf was very weak as it had been struggling in the cold water for a long time. Each time we approached him he would move along the river bank because he was so scared.

'In the end we used an anaesthetic dart to put the wolf to sleep so that we could approach him safely, and once out of the water he was given cardiac massage and oxygen.

'He was on death's door but with the help of the emergency treatment from the team he was rushed to the animal centre and is now expected to make a full recovery.'

Officials say that around 100 wolves live in the woods near Camugnano, and base their estimate on the number of half-eaten animal carcasses they have found.

The rescued wolf will be released back into the forest once recovered.

Safe and warm: After receiving life-saving cardiac massage and oxygen, the wolf was wrapped up in blankets and stretchered to a nearby veterinarian clinic

Caught on camera: Members of the team took time out to record their colleagues' efforts as the rescue unfolded near Camugnano, Italy

Responses to "Animal experts save drowning wolf by giving it heart massage (VIDEO)"

  1. Anonymous says:

    Great job!!thanks for shaving this one.

  2. Anonymous says:

    This Is Fantastic, I'm glad they Saved Him, This is Wonderful

  3. Anonymous says:

    good save -

  4. Anonymous says:

    that was awesome, great job by all that helped the wolf

  5. Shannon says:

    I just don't know why this happens to such a beautiful animal.. I'd do anything to save one.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Great job!!!

  7. Teresa says:

    Great job

  8. Anonymous says:

    Bravo and thanks to the rescuers. May the rest of our stingy human world become as enlightened and compassionate as these folks, and may wolves face a far better future than the past has treated them.

  9. I second what Bruce said above. We have so much to learn from these courageous wild creatures. Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

  10. Kristina says:

    A deed of love and compassion, thank you!

  11. Anonymous says:

    Nature knew what she was doing when she created the wolf, it is called balance, we the humans have come along and thought we knew better than nature. The wolf slaughter in Yellowstone resulted in massive deaths of livestock from disease. The wolves would have taken out the sick animals before the disease could have spread. WAKE UP AMERICA! These are such noble animals that have been monsterized by people not actions.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Such compassion..makes my heart happy. thank you...

  13. Anonymous says:

    How wonderful. So glad that they were able to save him. We need more people like that in this world.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Good, good, good! I love to hear of wolves surviving, and especially of decent people helping them!

  15. Theresa says:

    So wonderful & glad these people valued the life of a wolf enough to put forth the effort to save him! God bless you! Wish there would have been just one of those kind of people around when my baby Bear fell into an icy pool 10 years ago & died!

  16. John Beck says:

    Sure wish more People would do this instead of Killing them. Thank you very much.

  17. Anonymous says:

    So happy to see another wolf saved instead of killing them or leaving them to die! God bless you and your rescue team!

  18. Joyce Rhude says:

    Thank you for saving this wolf instead of just leaving him to die. God bless you and your team!

  19. Anonymous says:

    Thank you. You've done a great job. It's simply magnificent. US hunters should follow your example.

  20. Anonymous says:

    So beautiful ... Thank you so much.. You gave a sense to the word "humanity" ... it's so unexpected nowadays... : )

  21. Anonymous says:

    Thank you to all involved in saving the life of a beautiful defenceless animal..It so nice to know that there are still good people amoung us..God bless all of you...

  22. Anonymous says:

    good job !!!!!!!!!!! Well donn !!!!!!!!! and thank you to safe her you are all wonderful people <3

  23. kirby says:

    Good going guys Great job.....

  24. Unknown says:

    Brought happy tears to my eyes. Wish everybody would have the compassion and care that these wonderful people showed! Every wolf deserves to be saved. Thank you to the rescue team!

  25. Anonymous says:

    Nature is balance. Like in Florida the coyotes were being seen a little more often than usual and next thing you know all the farmers and ranchers are killing every one they see. Now Florida is so overrun with Wild hog that they are being so abused and tortured when being caught and the fish and game will do nothing about it because there are "so many". They are to ignorant to realize that nature has provided a balance and man has upset it again. WILL WE EVER LEARN??????

  26. Wheely? says:

    What a truly touching story - an act of kindness that gives me hope for the world.

  27. Wheely? says:

    What a truly touching story - an act of kindness that gives me hope for the world.

  28. Anonymous says:

    BRAVO ! Velké poděkování všem ! Vlčice Poperníková

  29. Anonymous says:

    Thank you & Bless you for saving the Wolf. Hoping that it made a full recovery.

  30. erock says:

    Awesome one for the good guys!!

  31. Anonymous says:

    thank to all who do this kind of work. what would the world be without you.....

  32. Elbie says:

    God bless you! Thank you for what you have done to this beautiful animal.....

  33. Ya'll are heroes in my eyes!! Thank you for helping save a life!!

  34. Nice to know there are still some Humane Humans out there & not just assholes who tho8ght of getting a wolf skin for free......

  35. Anonymous says:

    "Vad är människan utan djuren? Om alla djuren var borta, skulle vi dö av en stor ensamhet i anden. För vad som än händer djuren, det händer snart också människan. Allt har ett samband." C.S.

  36. Anonymous says:

    Ty for helping him. Wolves are my favorite. I wish there were more understanding people in the world like you guys.

  37. Mila Ug-S says:

    People ! you are beautiful! your action. poor girl-wolf... beautiful !

  38. Anonymous says:

    Truly inspiring first thing in the morning. Makes me want to cry :)

  39. Anonymous says:

    j aime les loups,c est bien de les sauver,ils ont le droit de vivre ,comme nous,merci aux sauveurs

  40. Blessings to all who are caring for wild animals in Italy with such compassion and respect. We continue our efforts to change the minds of Americans, too many of whom still believe that they are the rightful dominators over all other beings throughout the Earth... Who cannot seem to understand that the well-being of all wild creatures preserves the dynamic balance of Nature, of which they too are only a part, and which is vital to their own well-being, and ultimately to their survival as a species.

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