Woman Finds Out That The ‘Cute Puppy’ She Found In Her Yard Is Actually An Endangered Animal

Imagine finding an adorable puppy in your backyard – the best way to start your day, right? One woman in Bright, Australia probably thought so too, after she went out to investigate the whimpering sound in her back garden – where she ended up discovering a little puppy. But it turns out that the cute puppy was actually a baby dingo.

Photo: Instagram / @wandi_dingo

After discovering the presumed puppy, the woman posted to her Facebook, saying, “I woke up this morning hearing a whimpering on my bush block, l can’t tell if it’s a fox or a dog.”

Besides the post, she also included a couple of pictures of the pup – which instantly sparked an online debate as people were split as to the species of the pint-sized canine.

Photo: Instagram / @wandi_dingo

Unable to figure out if it was a dog or a fox, the woman drove the little precious baby to the Alpine Animal Hospital, where staff conducted a DNA test. Meanwhile, the pup was sent to the Australian Dingo Foundation’s sanctuary in order to be cared for while waiting for the results. There, he was given the name Wandi.

As it turns out, Wandi turned out to be a dingo. It’s presumed that he most likely ended up in the woman’s garden after being dropped by an eagle. What a crazy journey!

Photo: Instagram / @wandi_dingo

The sanctuary revealed the news about Wandi through Instagram, posting, “After weeks of anxious waiting, results from UNSW’s genetics lab revealed Wandi is a 100 percent pure Victoria highlands dingo. Wandi will become part of our breeding program, adding new genes to increase the strength and diversity of our captive insurance population of pure dingoes we have at our sanctuary. We believe Wandi was stolen by an eagle and dropped as he had sustained wounds on his back, and his nails were worn down suggesting he had traveled far on foot before being found.”

Veterinarian Dr. Bec Day told abc.au, “He was a puppy when he was brought to us, so about eight to ten weeks. He had a mark on his back and there were no other pups nearby. The resident hadn’t heard any [other dingos] calling. So, he was just a lonely little soul sitting in a backyard. He was adorable, serious puppy cuteness. No fear of people at all. He was quite calm about the whole process.”

Photo: Instagram / @wandi_dingo

If you think that Wandi is the cutest thing ever and want to be kept up to date on his adventures and development, then you can follow the budding social media star. The sanctuary set up Wandi with his very own Instagram page for fans to follow his new life and adventures. His page already has tons of cute pictures to like!


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