Cat rescued from jaws of coyote
Burnaby woman Angela Greene leaps to action and rescues her pet cat from the jaws of coyote. (CARMINE MARINELLI/ 24 HOURS)
A Burnaby woman is crediting her “mother bear” instinct for saving her cat’s life after lunging at a coyote with her pet in its jaws.
Noonies, a 12-year-old feline, escaped the cat vs. coyote melee severely injured, but owner Angela Greene is hopeful he’ll make a full recovery.
“This coyote meant business,” she said. “Noonies really put up a good fight, which was remarkable.”
Greene was sleeping on her sofa when she heard a burst of growls coming from her patio in the Lougheed Town Centre area early Wednesday morning.
She raced out of her ground-level condo to discover her deck furniture knocked over. With no sign of her cat, she immediately darted towards the woods adjacent to her property.
“I have no idea what guided me or led me straight to the coyote because there were 10 different paths I could have taken,” the pet owner said, adding she eventually discovered the “largest coyote that (she’d) ever seen” carrying Noonies away like a “rag doll” in its jaws.
Greene couldn’t explain what happened next, but said she suddenly lunged and hollered at the predator. It then dropped her beloved companion covered in blood and barely breathing.
Noonies, who underwent jaw surgery Thursday, also suffered a puncture to his ear and lacerations around his head.
Greene said the medical treatment was pegged at upwards of $10,000, but the animal hospital decided to provide their time and services free of charge.
“As soon as I got in the kennel today with him and started talking to him, he just started purring and purring,” she said. “That was a very tearful moment.”
She asked other pet owners to take care of their animals, even if they think they’re already safe.