WEYMOUTH, MASS. (WHDH) - A coyote pup, once brought home by a family that thought they rescued a stray dog, is now back in the wild after several months of animal rescue care.

According to the New England Wildlife Center, the orphaned coyote was originally brought in after a family on the Cape came across him earlier in the spring, believing the wild animal to be an abandoned German shepherd puppy.

The family reached out to the Cape Wildlife Center after they discovered their mistake, and brought the pup brought in. He spent the last half-year in the system’s care, making a friend along the way.

The pup was paired with another orphaned coyote that was transferred from a facility in Rhode Island, leading to both quickly becoming companions as they grew up and stuck together.

The two bonded so closely, the Center said, that they remained weary of humans as they built their instincts: a good sign that both were on their way to returning to the wild.

Calling it a “#Graduation” in a Facebook post, the Cape and New England Wildlife Centers announced the two were released as a unit and appeared to remain together as they were freed.

Both pups also received vaccinations and learned natural behaviors while at the Center before their release.

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