This coyote falls on a cactus and needs urgent help

Mothers are notoriously protective with their little ones. From tigers to human mothers, it's just their natural instinct to keep their children close until they're ready to leave the nest, so to speak.

That's why Gwen Maxwell was so stunned by what she was recently witnessed behind his house near Phoenix, Arizona. While looking at his garden, he saw a coyote puppy that was rolling on the floor in pain trying to remove several thorns of cactus embedded in his skin.

When the rescuers finally arrived, they moved to catch the puppy, but not before to realize that his mother was a stone's throw away. That's when they realized what he was doing …

When Arizona resident Gwen Maxwell, 86, noticed a coyote puppy howling in pain in her garden, she immediately asked for help.

A worker at Pebblebrook Golf Course, Jose Soto, and assistant superintendent Shawn Bordine arrived shortly after.

 This coyote falls on a cactus and needs urgent help
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The cub had gotten into a cactus and was struggling to remove the spines from his body and mouth. The workers rushed to help, but something suddenly made them stop short: the puppy's mother was close . Instead of protecting her puppy from the men, she seemed anxious for them to lend a hand. So they took out a pair of pliers and did just that.

 This coyote falls on a cactus and needs urgent help
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"When Joseph held it, I could pull the barbs out of his mouth," said Shawn . "He did not bite or make a sound." Throughout the process, the mother watched her puppy vigilantly. "She knew what was going on," Gwen recalled. They were trying to save their baby.

 This coyote falls on a cactus and needs urgent help
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With the spines removed, Shawn, Gwen and José examined the puppy to make sure he was okay. Apart from some scratches and cuts, it seemed to be in good shape. Once he was put back on the ground, he ran straight to his mother.

 This coyote falls on a cactus and needs urgent help
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Moms can be protective, but they are also famous for their intuition, and it seems that the coyote moms are not different! Thank God that Gwen saw the puppy and that Shawn and Jose arrived so quickly to help out.

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