Coyote Release & Anaba’s story |by Yara Delgado ……

Coyote Pup Returns Home for Christmas – Anaba’s story

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Back in July one of our board members, Douglas DeFelice, found a coyote puppy that had been hit by a car laying on the side of a road near Winter Haven, FL. The pup couldn’t stand on its own, it’s hid leg was badly injured and Douglas was hopeful but expecting the worst when he called our director Kris Porter for assistance. Coyotes are now considered a State Protected Animal under MyFWC and are allowed to be rescued and rehabilitated, that’s why we were hoping with all our hearts that something could be done but we knew it could end up with having to put it down.

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Quickly another volunteer met with Douglas and took the pup to Lakeland Veterinary Hospital & Wellness Center for an expert’s advice. The vet found that it was malnutritioned, weighting only 2 lbs., and luckily it was a clean break of the left femur which with surgery, it could be repaired. He also informed us she was a girl!

Douglas had the honor of naming her and chose to call her Anaba which is Native American for “she returns from war”. What a wonderful name!

Anaba Wildlife Docs

Thanks to the amazing partnership we have with Wildlife Docs Veterinary Staff at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Funds, we were able to rush her to the facility where Dr. Pete preformed her surgery,  and we were awarded funds to build a pen to make her rehabilitation possible. Our intentions are always to rescue, rehab and release; raising this baby wild was a must to make her return home possible.

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With a pin and a fixation bar in her hind leg (which she would need for 6 – 8 weeks) she stayed with our director, Kris Porter, who took her to her therapy appointments at Busch Gardens twice a week over that 8 week period. When everything was looking good, she was then entrusted to Owl’s Nest Volunteers, John and Sarah Zdanowicz to continue her care over the next 5 months in her large outdoor enclosure. This baby girl is now strong and healthy, and more than ready to go home. Wishing her a happy, long, wild life!

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Anaba rehab

Anaba had to be contained after surgery to allow her break to set before moving into her large outdoor enclosure where she learned the skills needed to be successful in the wild.

Coyotes have an exceptionally adaptable personality and digestive system. They can eat almost anything: rabbits, opossums, raccoons, frogs, fish, snakes, lambs, calves and even deer. Although their main source of food is meat, they’re actually omnivores and enjoy snacking fruit and grass too. They’re native to North America and can be found anywhere in the state of Florida. They have an important role in our ecosystem keeping control of the populations of rodents and small predators.

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Anaba Wild and Free

If you ever encounter a coyote in the wild, don’t panic. They are shy predators and usually run away when challenged. Wave your hands, make loud noises, it will back off after realizing you’re tougher than him. Just don’t run, keep in mind they are hunters and a good chase might be a temptation too hard to resist.


Fun facts: They’re family of our best friend, the dog. They’re crepusculars, meaning they are active primarily during twilight (that is, the periods of dawn and dusk) but can be up at any time of day. They also usually hunt alone. When hunting for deer, they form packs to have higher chances of success. Pretty smart!



Photo Credits:

Douglas DeFelice of  Prime 360 Photography

If you happen to find any wildlife in trouble, please report it to Owl’s Nest Sanctuary for Wildlife, a Federally and State Permitted Rehabilitation & Non-Profit Organization. The fastest way to reach us is by texting (813) 598-5926 and we will dispatch a volunteer as soon as possible. 

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There are several ways you can be a part of caring for our injured and orphaned wildlife. As a non-profit, monetary donations and supplies are always appreciated. 100% of all gifts go directly to animal care.

Enjoy wildlife, make sure to sign up for our Blog/Newsletter and to stay up to date on our cases, you can follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and subscribe to our YouTube Channel. You can also tune into Live Cams, check our web page to see when one is in operation. 



One thought on “Coyote Release & Anaba’s story |by Yara Delgado ……

  1. Doreen:

    Wonderful story. Thank you for sharing. I know there are coyotes in Colt Creek State Park because I have heard them. I also see their “droppings” left in the middle of the road in the park.

    I sent an email to your organization requesting you to be part of the event Get to Know Colt Creek SP March 3. Would you consider it?

    Margaret Von Ehr, Board Member Friends of Colt Creek SP, Inc. (Also a 501 c3) 863-602-9515 (cell)

    Sent from my iPad



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