Girly came to Shy Wolf Sanctuary at about eight months of age from a wildlife rehab in Tennessee. Girly was found as a young pup floating in a river with the umbilical cord still attached and originally was named Ms. Growly Pants for her habit of growling, even when her eyes were still closed. Unable to locate a mother Coyote, she was brought to the wildlife rehabber.
It was the intent to rehabilitate Girly and release her back into the wild. However, she formed a bond with the owner of the rehab and several of their animals while being bottle fed. Because her natural fear of humans was gone, the wildlife rehab knew they could not release her and that is when Shy Wolf Sanctuary was contacted. Coyotes cannot be legally kept in captivity, even for educational purposes, in Tennessee.
One of our volunteers was going up North for Christmas and said she would transport this special girl back to Florida. This, like most transports, had its twists and turns. The volunteer’s car died on Christmas Eve in Kentucky after the oil cap fell off. Fortunately, it happened North of Tennessee and Girly, so the loaner vehicle could be picked up prior to getting the coyote. They weren’t thrilled about the volunteer’s 20lb dog in the car… imagine what would have happened if they’d seen a coyote, even in a crate!
Girly was a year old this past spring. While coyotes are not typically “pack” animals, Girly had been living and socializing with the rehabber’s dogs and cats and seemed lonely and stressed after coming to Shy Wolf. We decided to rescue a couple of companion coyote boys when there were so many stranded in the spring of 2012. Girly, Baya and Yutu reside together in the enclosure we modified by topping it in an effort to give them more room.