Coyotes & Foxes
Loki, Jane and Alex
The Trio, comprised of Jane(female), Alex(male), and Loki(male), are the only set of three we have here at ICRC. Brought to us as non releasable puppies in the summer of 2007, they acclimated quickly to their lives in captivity here at the rescue. The three of them get along exceptionally well, and have proven to be a continuing educational source through their fascinating displays of rarely seen cohesive pack behaviors virtually unstudied among coyotes of this age and duration.
Quixote (Kee-hoe-tay) came to Indiana Coyote Rescue Center in the late summer of 2013. Children found Quixote in a window well along with her sister in a suburb outside of the city. They told their teacher Terri (now a volunteer), a well –known animal lover, to take a look. Not knowing what she would find, Terri found two small female canines in the base of an abandoned homes’ window well. Covered in filth and open wounds, Terri rushed them home to feed and care for them. It wasn’t until after she got the animals home that she realized she “might” have a coyote or red fox baby. Knowing the views of coyotes and the lack of experienced or willing rehabilitators in the area, she took it upon herself to do what she could to help these very sick and emaciated (and injured) coyotes. Quixote had infected bites and open wounds on her feet pads and tail, while her sister looked fairly healthy, albeit cold and hungry. But Quixote was the fighter. Unfortunately, through the night, Quixote’s sister died in Terri’s arms as she was trying to nurse her back to health. Quixote, however, put up the fight of her life and survived through the night by the grace of Terri’s unflinching resolve to save her. The next day, after some hefty research, Terri found Indiana Coyote Rescue Center through online searches. Unable to take in the animal at that exact time, ICRC taught Terri on the basics of coyote behavior, medical care, and socialization procedures as it was obvious the animal would not be releasable, until a proper facility could be found to take the animal in permanently.
Terri’s past experience with animals helped a lot in Quixote’s development and care. The infection that affected Quixote’s foot pads and tail, caused a piece of her tail and portions of her front foot pads to literally fall off in Terri’s hands. Through 24 hour care, medical assistance, and resolve, Quixote became free of infection and able to take in formula.
During this time, ICRC searched throughout the country for a facility to take in the little coyote. As search after search came up empty and some falling through, a place was found in New York to place Quixote. Unfortunately, that facility realized they were not equipped to handle a coyote like Quixote. Around this time, a coyote had passed away at ICRC, freeing up an available enclosure. Terri brought her to ICRC, where we started more extensive socialization to make her existence in captivity less stressful and more enriched.
Quixote has grown into a very beautiful, although somewhat small, coyote with a stumpy tail. She prefers to walk on her balance beams, likely due to the soft surface for her feet, and spending her days playing with the many toys Terri brings her each visit. She also likes to sun herself on her tall platform deck and howl with the rest of the coyotes at ICRC. However, Quixote’s favorite playmate is Jelli, a female pitbull that she spent her earliest puppy days with at Terri’s home. It is unusual for a female coyote to be accepting of dogs, especially females, but she continues to teach us something new every day. Terri continues to visit ICRC every other weekend, where she brings toys and treats for everyone, including Quixote. During those weekend visits, Quixote is one of the happiest animals I have ever had the pleasure of working with.
This fall, Quixote will have the opportunity to be introduced to a young male named Ares. We prefer all coyotes to at least have the opportunity to choose a mate, so that they do not live the rest of their lives in captivity alone. Introductions will start in late October into early November during dispersal and the start of courtship season.
Ares (Aries/ Air-eez) came to Indiana Rescue Center this year (2015) as a small puppy. A couple had found him running scared down a gravel road near their home. After picking him up, they called us to see if we could take him. They were informed that it was possible that the mother was looking for him, so they put him back and watched the area discretely over a period of 24 hours. His mother never came for him. Assuming she was likely killed or unable to return to him, they took him back into their home to care for him until arrangements could be made. At this time, he had not eaten, would not take formula, and was growing weaker. We made the decision to take him in as we had the space for a young male. When we picked him up, he already showed no signs of fear and a ease around people that was surprising. We had a few moments of confusion ourselves, wondering if we were not identifying his species properly since his behavior was out of the norm for coyotes. After we got him to the facility, his identity as a coyote couldn’t be questioned. He started eating for us immediately, and showed some signs of strengthening. He was weak, but we were confident he would pull through to become a very healthy coyote. He needed intensive care, but he came though nicely. We noticed, however, that he suffered from extremely vivid nightmares. We call them nightmares, because it is common for animals to dream and have some level of physical manifestation. His, however, strongly resembled seizures (which we ruled out shortly) that would shake his entire body and cause him to wake up terrified, whining, and seeking comfort. It took him 2 months, but now he doesn’t have those “nightmares” and sleeps quite peacefully. Unfortunately, after a fairly decent amount of time, Ares still showed no signs of fear towards people. We concluded that he was in contact with people much longer than we had realized before we picked him up.
It was then decided that he would not be a good candidate for release as he was incredibly social with people and dogs. Because of this, he would have been too dangerous to release. He was named Ares, after the Greek God of War, a name that has suited him almost too well. He is incredibly strong willed, dominant, Sneaky, and Clever. He is growing quickly, and learning even more quickly than that. He taught himself to “high five” for treats after merely watching the director’s dog. His learned behaviors grow each day. We look forward to sharing much more about his development as he grows.
It is the hope of ICRC, that he can be introduced to a young female named Quixote that we have as a resident here. Ares will have a vasectomy as we do not buy, sell, or breed our animals. This will allow him to choose a mate and exhibit natural breeding behaviors without reproducing. We prefer our animals have the opportunity to choose a mate instead of spending their days in captivity alone, as we have observed it is a much more enriching life for them to share that bond with another of their kind.
Artemis and Orion
Orion(male) was brought to us as a former pet in fall of 2005 and previously named for the Great Huntsman and frequent companion of Artemis in Greek Mythology. Artemis(female), named for the Greek Goddess of the hunt and wild animals, came to ICRC in the summer of 2007 also as a former pet. Adhering to ancient legends of companionship, they can be affectionate or antagonistic depending on circumstance and spend a great majority of their time chasing each other around their enclosure and socializing with ICRC staff/volunteers.
She was brought to ICRC too socialized for possible release as a confiscated pet in 2001. Friendly and outgoing to staff and visitors, it was a shock when she suffered a gunshot wound to the head by a trespasser in the winter of 2005 inside her enclosure. Rushed in for emergency veterinary care in the middle of the night, Amber surprisingly pulled through, forfeiting her left eye, but showing the world the true resilience of a coyote. While she exhibits fear of flashlights and sudden noises, she has otherwise made a complete recovery and enjoys “meeting” new people.
Morrell (More-el) came to Indiana Coyote Rescue Center in the late Spring of 2003. Found while a family was hunting for morrell mushrooms (hence the name), it was noticed that she was extremely ill and emaciated. Not knowing what was wrong with her, they contacted our late founder Ceann Lambert to see what their options were. After speaking to them, they decided to bring her to ICRC. When she arrived, she was severely dehydrated and starving. After spending several days on 24 hour medical care, Morrell showed signs of pulling through. As she started gaining more energy, Ceann noticed that something wasn’t quite right about the way Morrell carried herself. With further inspection, it was noticed that Morrell had, what looked like, a broken leg. Careful to stabilize her, Ceann rushed her to the vet where it was confirmed she had a broken leg. The vet worked quickly and set her leg properly with a cast. Morrell healed more slowly than Ceann was accustomed to seeing. Shortly after her leg healed, Morrell jumped off of a small mattress and snapped her other leg. After going back to the vet, a complete chem panel was ordered as well as putting her other leg in a cast.
When the results from the chem panel came back, it was determined that Morrell suffered from metabolic Bone disease, a disease in which her lack of calcium was causing weakness in her bones and a high likelihood of future breaks unless started on a weekly calcium supplementation regime.
Morrell ended up with another break shortly after this news came back, which made Ceann more determined than ever to get her MBD under control. Morrell spent a lot of her first 2 years back and forth to the vet for bloodwork and tests to make sure her condition was in a state of management. Thankfully, after the last break, Morrell had many years without issue. She was healthy enough to choose a mate named Hotei for many years until his passing two years ago. In 2009, Morrell tore her Achilles tendon while jumping off of her deck in her enclosure. After a visit to the vet, it was determined that she was too old to put in another cast as she would just tear it off. She was put on a pain management regime that worked very effectively while it healed itself (rather quickly) to a level where she could walk, run, and jump around without any negative impact to her health. She has not had any issues since.
She was and is incredibly social, however, she has bouts of aggression that we have linked with the trauma of so many medical issues and vet visits that she may have negatively associated with certain volunteers. She is very vocal and often one of the first to start a chorus of howls at ICRC. Due to the delicate nature of her condition, Morrell is always in need of calcium supplements and an effective/safe pain reliever. She is 12 years old now, and also because of her condition, has shown recent sign of arthritic pain. We currently give her a small dose of Rimadyl as needed for her condition. Unfortunately, Rimadyl is quite expensive, so we can always use sponsorships for her to help cover those costs.
Morrell spends the majority of her senior days sunning herself or playing in her water tub. She also enjoys scent rolling on sprayed toys, playing with her stuffed animals, and growling at staff when they are giving fresh water. She is a fast favorite. Here’s to many more years with our little master of mischief!
Jenna and Echo
Jenna(female), a red phase red fox, came to ICRC mistaken as a coyote pup found under someone’s porch in summer of 2009. Covered in mange and emaciated, the late founder of ICRC decided to take her in, care for her, restore her health, and socialize her for a life in captivity as an educational animal at the rescue. Jenna is very well socialized, loves meeting new people, and is highly vocal during interactions with staff and her companion Echo.
Echo(male) is a white phase red fox. While his coloring isn’t natural in the wild and likely a product of fur farming, he was brought to ICRC as a surrendered pet to live out the rest of his life in captivity at the rescue. Calm, gentle, and affectionate, his shyness is overcome easily with the presence of treats and his interactions with his companion Jenna.