Man Acts Fast To Help Mysterious Fuzzy Lake Creature

Man Acts Fast To Help Mysterious Fuzzy Lake Creature

Most people, even when encountering something peculiar, keep their eyes on their phones. But when one Oklahoma man set out on a walk in the woods near his home, an odd sight caught his eye that he couldn’t ignore. Rather than keep moving, his nosiness prevailed, and his observations wound up making a life-saving impact!

Jim Passmore

It was a normal morning for Jim Passmore of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. He got up, leashed his dogs, and set out for a walk through the countryside surrounding his home. Nothing drove sleep from his body like trotting across woodland trails, breathing in the sweet smells of damp earth. 

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Welcome to Haikey Creek

His usual stomping grounds was Haikey Creek, a park frequented by outdoor lovers admiring the plentiful pecan trees. Runners and hikers legged around the quiet banks of the water. There, while waiting for his Yorkies to do their business, Jim spotted something out of the ordinary.

Logging a Log

A strange mass floated on the surface of the park’s waters, sitting in stark contrast to the normally smooth surface of the creek. It was big, brown, and vaguely animal-like. Squinting to get a better look, he guessed the object was a log. But he wasn’t sure.

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It’s Alive!!!!

Edging closer to the shore, Jim stepped off the trail onto the muddy grass. If he could just get a closer look, he might be able to satisfy his curiosity. Finally, with a jolt, Jim realized the thing wasn’t a thing after all. It was covered in brown hair. It was alive.

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Snarling Pooches

Feeling lucky to glimpse a wild creature in its natural habitat, Jim was only more intrigued. The unknown animal was moving, barely. Could it be gently stirring in its sleep? Floating, but rattled by a dream? Then his dogs began to snarl.

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Sticking Points

The nearer Jim inched to the animal, the more riled up his tiny pups got. Their predatory snarls and growls made it seem like they sensed some looming danger. Nevertheless, he grew concerned by the animal’s feeble movements. It looked desperate — and stuck.

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Meet the Beavers?

Since the thing was hanging out in a wooded, muddy, creek bank, all signs suggested it was a beaver. Then, fresh off the revelation, he noticed something hidden in the brush that hinted towards a more sinister situation.

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Carrier

A carrier. The case was large, the kind used to transport pets to the vet, and appeared abandoned. Poking around inside, Jim discovered a large filthy blanket. What worried him more was that, beneath the blanket, was a heavy weighted chain.

Left Behind

Standing there, Jim tried to piece together what was going on. Obviously, someone had discarded the carriage. Judging by the haphazard scene — the dirty blanket, the chain, the bitten and mangled cage — a cruel individual had dumped a helpless creature in the wild.

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Rescue Mission

Someone, Jim thought, intended to harm the animal, but it escaped. While understanding washed over him, a rustling in the woods got his attention. Another beaver crawled out of the undergrowth. Jim took this as a sign.

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Watching

Not fleeing from human contact, the beaver moved into the open. Jim watched mystified as it crossed the ground and moved closer down the creek’s edge, towards the mystery creature.

Final Feet

Seeing as he had pegged the mystery animal as a beaver, Jim took this new beaver’s fantastical intervention as a positive omen to trust his gut. He approached this beaver, creeping the final few feet towards the floating animal.

Too Big

The other animal stirred weakly, trapped in the muddy suction of the water. Side by side, Jim knew he’d guessed wrong. The creature was way too big to be a beaver unless it was a radioactive giant one.

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Not a Beaver!

All along, the creature in distress had been a big, fluffy, dog! Muck and grime concealed a gorgeous collie. Glad he further investigated the mystery creature, Jim stepped into the creek, now determined to save him.

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Distance

Better safe than sorry, Jim called out to some other pedestrians to give him a hand freeing the dog. They gathered around him, but as Jim had feared, any contact sent the dog into frenzy mode. It bit someone who got too close.

Sticky Wicket

With the creature still stuck in the mud, Jim reevaluated their strategy. They needed to be careful. Grabbing onto the scared pooch would only freak it out further. So, in order to unstick the cranky thing, they needed a distraction.

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Blind as a Bat

A solution popped into Jim’s noggin: the dog couldn’t bite what it couldn’t see. Grabbing a dark sweatshirt, he draped it on the suffering dog’s head. Cutting out all vision and light worked like a charm; the hairy critter appeared soothed.

Yank

Now that the dog was subdued, they had to yank it free. It slipped further into the mud, and so would the rescuers if they kept standing in the gloop. They needed a pulley system.

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Tug of War

Wrangling up a makeshift lift composed of dog leashes, they looped the ropes around its belly. Planting their feet, the gang heaved. You’d figure several able-bodied men would pluck the helpless creature out in seconds, but it was as if this guy had been super glued.

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Wipe Away

Finally, after one high-stakes game of tug-of-war, the dog slipped free! Elated, Jim pulled back the covering and wiped away the mud to reveal the dog’s face…

Healthy Boy

The dog looked thankful but understandably terrified. There was no telling how long the poor creature wrestled to free itself from the mud after its owner deliberately cast their pet away. All they could confirm was that the handsome doggy appeared perfectly healthy.

Time to Work

Jim, a long established dog lover, was furious. How anyone could abuse an animal, let alone their pet, he never would fathom. He phoned the police, and officers arrived swiftly on the scene. Finally, the scared pet had advocates, and they set to work to keep him safe.

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Locked

Upon further examination, the police began to piece together the sad truth of the dog’s tale: Locked in the animal carrier, trying to bite its way out, the sweet creature had been dropped on the street.

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Survival Story

At some point, the cage had been struck by a car, sending it tumbling into the forest, where it landed in the muddy bank of the creek. By a pure miracle, the dog survived this horror story, mostly unscathed, but surely mentally wounded.

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Thanks, Not-a-Beaver!

If Jim hadn’t been guided by the auspicious beaver, who knows if the poor thing would have made it out of the mud. But that magical appearance raised more questions than answers. Was the beaver signaling a fellow animal in danger, or was it pure coincidence?

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Teddy

However, no one had time to ponder over the mystery. Officers realized the dog wasn’t walking out of the paddock. They had to get the sizable dog, they’d dubbed Teddy (due to his stuffed animal likeness) to the vet for an examination.

Wheelbarrow Treatment

Teddy was wiped out from his mud struggle. He appeared to be pretty overweight, and that, coupled with possible injuries, prevented leading him on a leash. In another twist of fortune, the rescuers found a wheelbarrow not too far away.

Blankets

Wrapped in a blanket, Teddy was carefully placed in the wheelbarrow and pushed out of the paddock. The next call Jim made was to the Oklahoma Alliance for Animals. In a few minutes, they made arrangements to take Teddy under their wings.

Rehabilitate

In a way, Teddy dodged another attempt on his life. Landing a spot with the OAA allowed him a chance at rehabilitation. His scared demeanor and his justified lack of trust of humans would’ve certainly marked him for euthanasia if he’d been taken to the shelter.

Testing….Tesing

Not to mention, Teddy bit one of his rescuers, which, regrettably, is a fast track for putting an animal to sleep. The rescue group refused to give up hope for his future. Fearing that his lashing out was a side effect of rabies, they ran tests to rule it out.

Rabies Free!

Results came back clear: Teddy was rabies-free. But he still had a long journey to make him well enough to find a new family. His movements and general attitude were low energy, and he needed to increase activity to lose some pounds.

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It’s a Hit

Once the kind rescue workers started spoiling Teddy, his sourness melted away. In its place was a soft, gentle, somewhat-slimmer, long-coated sweetheart. His story gained viral traction, and he had a wide fanbase cheering on his fitness journey.

Fairytale

Once the kind rescue workers started spoiling Teddy, his sourness melted away. In its place was a soft, gentle, somewhat-slimmer, long-coated sweetheart. His story gained viral traction, and he had a wide fanbase cheering on his fitness journey.