When Hailey Hanestad was five years old, her dad came home with a shivering little bundle of furry joy in need of a home. Since Hailey’s family lived on a ranch in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, the little girl was no stranger to animals.

But this creature was something special.

A few years ago, Hailey Hanestad’s dad brought home an unusual animal in need of  care. 


It was a baby coyote!


They named him Wiley and soon he became just another member of the family. In fact, Wiley and Hailey became pretty much inseparable.


They played together, snuggled together, and hung out just like any little girl would with her dog. 


Now, Wiley eats mostly venison and fried eggs, and he refuses to eat raw meat. He wants his meals cooked!


Wiley even gets baths, much to his dismay!

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Hailey’s dad takes Wiley on walks just like a dog.


Wiley has his own enclosure outside that includes plants and a burrowing hole, just like a natural coyote habitat.

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Now Hailey has the ultimate excuse for school. She can tell teachers the coyote ate her homework!

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It’s important to remember that wildlife should typically not be kept as pets in a family home. However, the Hanestads have clearly gone to great lengths to make sure that Wiley’s needs are taken care of. Now, he’s just another member of the family!

Share their adorable story with your friends who love animals!