Minnesota: Three-legged dog fighting cancer rescues otter cubs at Easter

A three-legged dog battling cancer rescued an otter cub at Easter

A three-legged dog fighting cancer rescued an otter cub at Easter (Photo: CBS)

A six-year-old Goldendoodle named Gus became an unlikely hero at Easter when he jumped into a Minnesota river to pick up an abandoned otter struggling to swim.

The dog’s owner, Cleo Young, was shocked to see Gus step on water after he lost his leg due to cancer in February. The three-legged dog had two tumors removed before his leg was amputated.

“We thought, ‘Oh, it’s going to be so sad he’s not going to be able to run like he used to,’ but this has not slowed him down at all, ‘Young told Minnesota’s CBS affiliate WCCO.

On Easter day, the Gus family saw jumping into the St Croix River, where he swam far out into the body of water and seemed to be looking for something.

After returning to the shore, Gus lost a small otter at the feet of Young’s grandchildren, Ella and Lucy.

The family quickly cleaned up the otter and rushed him over to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.

Young described the trip to the animal center as ‘harrowing’ and noted that the family did not have much time to get there before the facility would close for the evening.

The team at the rehabilitation center was able to care for the young otter back to health and told Young that it is likely he would not have survived if Gus had not pulled him out of the water.

Wildlife officials said the river otter was too young to be in the water.

“It must still be in its mother’s cave,” the rehabilitation center wrote in a post shared to Facebook. ‘Without knowing where the cave is, how far the little guy traveled, the otter has been admitted for rehab.’

Officials said they were concerned about the creature the first day and a half he was in their custody because they feared he might have been battling pneumonia.

“The otter turned the corner the other day and is doing well,” wildlife officials said. “Kudos to Gus and his wonderful owners Cleo and John, for saving this young otter’s life.”

According to the center, the otter has since been transferred to another rehabilitation center for more care.

Young’s granddaughter, Ella Hammerstrand, told CBS the dramatic turn of events that happened for ‘an Easter Sunday we will remember for a long time.’

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