If you are in the mood to be uplifted by a stunning animal rescue story, then look no further than this five-minute video uploaded by the Italian animal rescue organization Centro Tutela e Ricerca Fauna Esotica e Selvatica – Monte Adone. It documents the awe-inspiring rescue of a wolf pulled from freezing waters in Bologna, Italy.
Navarre, the wolf in the video, had exhausted himself trying to get out of the river and was close to death when a courageous team of human rescuers got into the water and battled to save him. He was conscious but paralyzed, and the team had to work hard to get him out of harm’s way.
Once on shore, Navarre’s body began to shut down from hypothermia, and he went into cardiac arrest. His rescuers performed chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth resuscitations on him until he finally responded. From there, the brave wolf was transported to the Monte Adone rescue center. A medical examination revealed that he was suffering from hepatic disease and mange. Over the following two months, he began to improve slightly, gaining some weight and regaining the use of his back legs.
Tragically, however, Navarre was unable to make a complete recovery from his trauma. About four months after his rescue, he suffered a “sudden malaise” and passed away. Though they were devastated by his loss, his carers were comforted by the knowledge that they had done everything they could to save this beautiful wolf and provide him with the best quality of life they possibly could. Rest in peace, sweet Navarre!