Abandoned White Dog Spotted Living with Wild Coyotes in the Desert
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This is an incredible story of survival involving an all-white dog, nicknamed Ghost, living among coyotes in the open desert near Henderson, Nevada. With its unlikely friends, Ghost has managed to integrate with the pack and thrive. The elusive dog has been captured on camera alongside the coyotes, leading many to believe that he was abandoned as a puppy and adopted by the wild animals.
Neighbors in the community have been tracking Ghost’s movements, posting sightings on local online groups. However, their concern grew when Ghost appeared injured and limping. Fearing for his safety, dedicated animal rescuers set out on a mission to capture and rehabilitate Ghost.
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Abandoned Dog Lives Among Wild Coyote Pack
In the Inspirada neighborhood in Henderson, neighbors came across a unique sight: coyotes running down the street with an all-white dog tagging along. This dog, known as “Ghost,” has been living among the coyotes, making occasional visits to the outskirts of the neighborhood. They discovered that this elusive creature has not only been accepted by the pack, but by some accounts, is actually leading it.
Believed to have been abandoned in the desert as a puppy, Ghost appeared between 7 and 8 months of age and was reportedly taken in by the coyotes. Since then, neighbors have been posting sightings of him on neighborhood groups throughout Inspirada. True to his name, every time someone would approach him, Ghost would disappear.
Sightings and Concern Over Injuries
Ghost was often seen running with the coyotes at night and eating alongside them. However, as time passed, people noticed Ghost limping and moving slowly, seemingly due to injuries sustained from living in the wild. Worried that the coyotes might eventually turn against him due to his condition, the community decided to rescue him.
Neighbors shared maps detailing the paths Ghost would take with the Southern Nevada Trapping Team, who searched tirelessly day and night in hopes of rescuing him. They investigated both residential areas and the open desert, attempting to locate and catch this elusive canine.
On one occasion, Ghost was down as he was sleeping in a ravine. Unfortunately, he was spooked out of his hiding spot and escaped his would-be rescuers.
Eventual Rescue Mission and Future
Finally, on a Saturday night, the relentless efforts paid off when Ghost willingly walked into a crate baited with food. To everyone’s surprise, despite living under such extreme conditions and his time spent with the coyotes, Ghost was extremely friendly and enjoyed human interaction. He has shown no signs of aggression despite his traumatic experiences. However, living in the wild did take its toll on Ghost.
His face and body were scarred from fights, and he also suffered from an ear infection, eye infection, and skin issues. Most troubling was the discovery that his scrotum would need to be removed entirely and a broken toe would require amputation. In addition, rocks were found in his stomach, likely eaten out of hunger.
Amazingly, within just a few days of his rescue, Ghost had become a friendly and loving dog, wanting nothing more than to be petted. Still, it was evident that his time with the coyotes had left its mark on his behavior. Ghost is not crate trained, nor is he leash trained, and he has trouble sleeping at night (as he was accustomed to roaming with his pack during nighttime).
With time, love, and assistance, we hope that Ghost will make a smooth transition and eventually find a forever home as a loving member of a human family.
Watch the full story of Ghost, the white dog that lived with a wild pack of coyotes, in the video below: