Coyotes, recently, have been venturing closer to residential areas looking for food. As a result, pet-coyote conflicts are now on the rise. This of course does not mean coyotes should be painted as blood-thirsty, vicious beings nor should the pain of a beloved pet’s attack or disappearance be disregarded.
Rather, we must all somehow come to terms with the fact that wild animals are increasingly being forced to inhabit human-populated areas due to habitat destruction, fragmentation, and displacement. We cannot expect wild animals to bend to our needs only or be destroyed at our whim if we want to live in a world where they will still exist in the future. Conflicts will certainly occur, but with proper precaution on our part, they can be mitigated.
Or, in the case of inseparable duo pit bull Jack and cat Kitty, a watchful friend might be all you need.
Just a few days ago, Kitty and Jack were enjoying their time outside in the backyard of their Seminola, Florida home when a coyote pack ventured into their territory. In an instant, one coyote grabbed Kitty by the neck and another had her by her tail, both shaking her violently.
Jack sprang into action and managed to scare away the coyotes and rescue Kitty.
“I didn’t know Jack could run that fast. He was on them so fast,” said Kitty and Jack’s guardian, Sherree Lewis to Fox 13 News.
Kitty was rushed to the vet and treated for a broken tooth and brain swelling. Today, she is doing fine and slowly regaining her ability to walk normally. Her pal Jack is now even more protective of her.
“He probably feels like he’s the caretaker. He checks on her every day and sniffs her, seeing what kind of shape she is in,” said Lewis to Fox 13 News.
“Jack is a hero. He saved the kitty’s life and he just shows how good dogs can be,” Lewis added.
What’s more, Jack’s rescue, much like last week’s by TaterTot, clearly illustrates just how wonderful pit bulls can be as companions, given the right environment and care like any other beloved pooch.