A sheepdog that managed to kill eight coyotes while guarding his herd of sheep and goats is recovering from injuries sustained during the confrontation.
The dog, named Casper, works on John Wierwiller’s farm in Georgia and managed to keep the coyotes at bay in a fight that lasted for more than half an hour.
Following the dogfight Casper seemed suddenly vanished for two days.
‘We knew he was hurt because we found parts of his tail and blood and other things, so we were worried,’ Wierwiller told WAGA.
Casper, a Georgia sheepdog is recovering from after being injured by a pack of coyotes while guarding his herd of sheep and goats
Casper managed to kill eight of the coyotes but sustained injuries in the fight which lasted for half an hour. He is now recovering
Eventually, Casper returned with his injuries clearly showing. The dog had gaping wounds to his neck and side.
‘He was kinda looking at me like, ‘Boss, stop looking at how bad I look, just take care of me,” Wierwiller explained. ‘It looked like a coyote grabbed his skin and peeled it right off.’
The LifeLine Animal Project, an organization with a mission to end euthanasia of healthy animals, stepped in to help raise money to cover all of Casper’s hospital bills, managing to generate $15,000.
The sheepdog still being cared for by veterinary staff at the organization more than a month after the attack.
‘He was kinda looking at me like, ‘Boss, stop looking at how bad I look, just take care of me,” John Wierwiller explained. ‘It looked like a coyote grabbed his skin and peeled it right off.’
Casper was guarding his herd of sheep and goats when a pack of coyotes attacked
Following the fight the loyal sheepdog appeared to disappear for two days
‘I can’t even explain how good it is to see him right now, because I felt like there was no way he was going to live when I saw him (after the attack),’ Weirville said to WBTV.
The Atlanta Coyote Project which monitors the movements of animals in the area say that while it is common to spot coyotes wandering around, it is rare to see so many running together in a pack.
‘This is extremely unusual behavior for coyotes, and we suspect that there might be extenuating circumstances,’ said Chris Mowry, a professor of biology at Berry College.
‘In this particular situation, the only thing that makes sense is if there was a large litter this year and the pups hadn’t yet dispersed. This could potentially make sense if there are lots of resources available, which sounds like it might be the case in this area of Decatur,’ Mowry said.
Casper will remain under the care of the LifeLine Animal Project for several more weeks before being allowed to return home.
The LifeLine Animal Project raised $15,000 to pay all of Casper’s hospital bills and he will be recovering for the next several months