Brave sheepdog kills 8 coyotes trying to catch his flock: meet Casper

Great Pyrenees sheepdog
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A sheepdog in Georgia is recuperating nearly a month after killing a group of coyotes that attacked his owner's flock of sheep.

John Wierwiller, a farmer in Decatur, claims that Casper, a 2-year-old Great Pyrenees, killed eight coyotes to protect his flock in November.

Wierwiller told Atlanta's WAGA-TV the fight lasted more than 30 minutes. Amazingly, none of the flock was injured. However, Casper was left bleeding with a portion of his tail torn off, deep puncture wounds, and two large patches of skin torn away.

"We knew he was hurt because we found parts of his tail and blood and other things, so we were worried," Wierwiller said.

After the fight, Casper ran off. Wierwiller spent two days looking for the hero dog, until he came stumbling back to the farm with his battle wounds in rough shape.

"It looked like a coyote grabbed his skin and peeled it right off," Wierwiller told the outlet. "He was kinda looking at me like, 'Boss, stop looking at how bad I look just take care of me.'"

Casper was taken to an emergency veterinary hospital, then transferred to a LifeLine Animal Project clinic for treatment. In a Facebook post, Wierwiller wrote that Casper was a bit disoriented but enjoyed his freedom during the car ride.

"Casper's wounds are so severe that he is considered to be in critical condition," he said. "He is a little tentative about everything right now, but he let loose on the ride and barked at just about everything outside the truck and even tried to wag his tail stump... He was clearly feeling a little fiesty (sic). Hopefully everything continues to go well. It was really good to see him acting like himself."

Since then, Casper was sent home, but he ended up removing his bandages and some of the sutures on his wounds, so he went back to the hospital.

"Emergency vets were able to close up Casper's neck wound," Wierwiller said on Facebook. "This is really great because it is so much easier to control infection when the wound is not so open and if all goes well he will need no skin grafts in that area. It really is a remarkable bit of news and we are celebrating."

Wierwiller said Casper would likely go back to the Lifeline Clinic for several days so he could receive around-the-clock care while he continues to heal.

LifeLine Animal Project has raised more than $15,000 in donations to cover Casper's medical expenses.

Veterinarians expect Casper to make a full recovery.

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