Pregnant Coyote Near Death After Being Blinded by Bullet Between the Eyes Saved by Animal Rescuers

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Angel the coyote was shot between the eyes and wandered for days or weeks in the Santa Ynez Valley until she was rescued. (Credit: Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times)

The call came in on Julia Di Sieno’s wildlife rescue hotline at 1:35 p.m. Feb. 11: “A coyote has fallen into the empty reservoir over at the Santa Ines Mission.”

Minutes later, Di Sieno was standing at the edge of the stone-and-mortar reservoir, looking 30 feet down on a badly injured and emaciated female coyote huddled in a shadowed crevice.

The animal’s labored breathing, gurgling sounds and bleeding posterior suggested it suffered from upper-respiratory problems, giving the appearance of poisoning.

Wearing Kevlar gloves and armed with a steel pole attached to a catch-noose, Di Sieno hurried down a ladder. It took only a few seconds to realize that the coyote was blind in both eyes.

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