Three-Legged Dog with Cancer Saves Baby Otter in Minnesota River

Baby otter saved by dog

A six-year-old Goldendoodle is being hailed a hero following its rescue of a baby otter from the frigid Minnesota River. Gus, who only has three legs, following an amputation of the back leg because of a tumor, jumped into action to save a struggling otter. The otter was spotted by Gus on Easter Sunday in the St. Croix River near Lakeland, Minnesota.

The dog’s owner, Cleo Young, details the rescue stating, “He was going after something, it was clear, but we didn’t know at first. He came to shore and he had something in his mouth, and it turned out to be a very tiny otter. He was really gentle. And I think he knew it needed help, and so he brought it right to us.”

Three legged dog named Gus who saved otter

Cleo then took the otter to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Roseville, where it was then sent to another facility for further treatment. Staff told Young the dog’s intervention almost certainly saved the otter’s life because it could not have survived in the water outside its mother’s den.

Gus will now face his own battle as he will soon start his next round of chemotherapy to assist in his fight against cancer. Despite initial fears from his owner that Gus would “not be able to run like he used to” following his treatment and amputation, Gus was still able to save the day and come to the assistance of others. 

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