Navarre The Wolf, Shot, Paralyzed, Rescued From Freezing Waters

January 8, 2014

Revisiting Navarre’s story is a renewal of faith.  There are good people in this world who care deeply for animals like this sweet, little wolf. I hope you find comfort in this, even though it wasn’t a happy ending.

We love you Navarre!!


Kindness and love in action, saving a wolf from certain death. This beautiful video is narrated in Italian but really needs no translation. It’s heartfelt, moving and incredibly uplifting to watch  wonderful people working so hard to save a wolf’s life. To them I say:

“May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day. May songbirds serenade you every step along the way. May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that’s always blue. And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.”…..Irish Blessing


Saving Navarre: The Dramatic Rescue of a Paralyzed Shot Wolf

Good news: due to the selfless efforts of rescuers Navarre is slowly recovering
Following up on the dramatic and risky rescue of an entrapped female humpback whale named Valentina I just learned about another most amazing rescue of a wolf named Navarre from the icy waters of a river in Italy. Here’s the heartwarming story that may just move you to teears of joy.

“On January 9, 2012 the wolf Navarre was recovered from the icy waters of a river in very dramatic conditions: undernourished, with a paralysis of the hind limbs and with 35 lead pellets in his body.

“After several diagnostic tests, two weeks of intensive care in the infirmary, monitored 24 hours 24, Navarre started to walk. He was transferred to another enclosure of the Centre, suitable for his rehabilitation, which requires a gradual recovery of motor function without subjecting him to excessive physical effort. Thanks to a video camera placed in the enclosure Navarre is monitored day and night without being disturbed.

“It’s still a long way, various diseases have weakened him a lot, but Navarre, thanks to his incredible will to live and care he received, started to walk improving gradually and giving good signs of recovery.”

Read more:

The Wolf Navarre – Two months after

Sadly Navarre died on June 5, 2012.

From: CentroTutelaFauna (Wildlife Protection Center)

“We will continue to carry forward the ” Project Wolf” more certain than ever that this species should be protected, known and respected , stronger than we have had the privilege of learning to date and aware of what we still have to learn about these amazing animals … and for this reason grateful to Navarre .”

Please give to this wonderful organization Centro Tutela Fauna (Wildlife Conservation Center -Protection Center for Exotic Wildlife Mountain Search and Rescue) That’s my poor Italian translation but the link below should get you to the right place (:

Click here for their website

Click here for their YouTube channel


Wolf : Navarre’s rescue story: Video: Courtesy Dario Cingolani

All other videos: Courtesy YouTube CentroTutelaFauna·

Posted in: gray wolf, Activism, Positive wolf news

Tags: acts of kindness, rescued wolf, shot wolf, paralyzed, Navarre’s brave rescue, kind wonderful people, Italy

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  1. Its wonderful, i cried

  2. this is a sad but, wonderful story, i cried

  3. “Saving the life of one animal may not change the world, but the world will surely change for that one animal”
    ~unknown source

    • its not wonderful that he died. its wonderful that there was a human so wonderful to try and save this awesome creature. Whats sad is that he did die, but i belive he is in heaven,. and as an indian, i will be able to walk the earth (with him and many others that have been brutly murderd here lately)one day!!

  4. Lovely story ! Nice to hear some people do care.

    • Truly Holly…what wonderful people. I was so moved to see them giving Navarre CPR and mouth to mouth…truly heartwarming and harrowing at the same time.

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,

  5. If all I do with my one life is save one life that I have not lived in vain. So affirming to see people helping a fellow traveler on our beautiful planet. That’s amore!

    • Amen to that natureinverse!!

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,

  6. I love it. Restores my faith in humanity!

  7. This made my day. This kind act of rescue by fellow human beings is like a shining jewel in the darkness of hate. Can you share the email of the group that rescued Navarre? I would like to thank them.

    • Hi Harvey,

      I added their url to the bottom of the post. I think you should be able to contact them through that link. They apparently have a “Project Wolf” and there are videos on their YouTube site of other wolves they’ve rescued. It looks like they care for all wild and exotic animals that need rescuing. Hope that helps.

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,

    • you can contact them here:

  8. Thanks for re-posting this and to these compassionate people who rescued this beautiful wolf.

    • You’re welcome Bob.

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,

  9. why did he die?

    • Trying to find out Amy. He had many problems when he was rescued, he’d been shot, he was nearly frozen, he arrested, he metabolic issues. When I know I’ll post it.

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,

  10. Renovates our hope and eases the pain,thank for reposting.

  11. What a heartwarming story! This is what animal lovers and advocates do! Saving and Protecting one WOLF at a time. It’s about EMPATHY and COMPASSION! What a great story!

  12. Reblogged this on Exposing the Big Game.

  13. Reblogged this on Wolf Is My Soul and commented:
    Navarre’s story is still as sad to re-visit as the first time I read about him, but also full of hope that one day the good people will outnumber the bad ones.

  14. Thanks for posting this touching story. Unfortunately the situation in Italy is not so good: Wolves are protected (they are our national symbol) but poachers and farmers kill them and never get caught. Poor Wolves this is not their world :(

    • Loredana…Wolves have it tough all over the world. Navarre’s story was so touching and sad at the same time. At least in Italy the wolves have protected status. Before the wolf hunts started in Montana and Idaho in 2009, American wolves were subjected to poachers and Wildlife Service killings. Now not only are they being poached and also killed by Wildlife Services but they’re being subjected to brutal wolf hunts. The USFWS is poised to remove all protections for wolves across the US, which means a wolf will not be able to disperse anywhere in this country without danger of being shot and killed unless protection is mandated for each state. States will never offer the same security for wolves as the Federal Endangered Species Act. State fish and game agencies keep predator numbers low to maximize the number of elk and deer for hunters to kill. The situation is a total mess and the wolves are suffering because of it.

      Did they ever find out on autopsy what killed Navarre? I know he had many problems when he was rescued, the least of which was having 35 shotgun pellets in his body. He looked like he was on his way to recovery when he was romping around in his Springtime shelter.

      For the wolves, For Navarre,

      • the press never said what was the real reason =( it was very sad because it seemed that he was fine. Actually the situation in italy is the worst in years and the goverment don’t do anything.

        thank you for reminding us about this amazing creature, Navarre.

      • Thanks for updating us Alberto. I was wondering if there was some way to contact them to find out the details about his death? It must have been metabolic, he probably had many underlying problems after being starved, shot and frozen. Maybe kidney failure? I don’t know but he looked so happy loping in the last video ): What a beautiful boy!

        For the wolves, For Navarre,

  15. so sad :(

  16. Reblogged this on "OUR WORLD".

  17. Yes, Navarre’s rescue is a remarkable story about caring and compassionate people. And also, we thank God for protecting wolves during the hideous Idaho “derby.’ Nabeki, I miss you. Give a call . Blessings, Catherine

  18. Reblogged this on Smitten Fifty and commented:
    This truly a story of human goodness towards a suffering animal. As mentioned, it is an older story (from 2012) yet it’s central theme of love and compassion towards those who have no voice lends continuity of hope and light for those of us who regard all life as sacred.

  19. RIP beautiful Wolve and God bless your rescuer,so so sad and I love the sharing, I wish there were more people like them who has compassion and respect for our wild.

  20. I wish misfortune and an agonizingly painful death, preferably captured on video, for the person or persons responsible for his death… and yes, to those pondering my statement, I do place the lives of innocent wildlife above those who maliciously attack them, as not all human life is sacred… theres too damn many maniacal rednecks running around killing anything they can in the vein attempt to rescue their pathetically shrinking, and non-existent manhood… if I saw someone attacking one of my pets, I would drop them where they stand, and to me the difference here is non-existent… all life is precious until such time as it seeks to inflict pain on others… just sayin’…

    • Well said, could not have said it better, thank you.

  21. […] Navarre The Wolf, Shot, Paralyzed, Rescued From Freezing Waters. […]

  22. Super équipe , L”être humain remonte dans mon estime ! Vous êtes formidables !!!

    • Merci beaucoup Mimi (:

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,

  23. this had made me sad. the dedication of the people who saved Navarre is appreciated more than they may ever know and I am thankful these people helped her. rest well Navarre, wish you could have stayed with the people who are cared for you and have had a longer life with us.

    • lone wolf woman, A very beautiful dedication to Navarre and the people who worked so hard to save them. Thank you!

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,

  24. Is it possible he died from lead poisoning?

    • j…we’re trying to find out. If anyone in Italy could call them it would be much appreciated.

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,


    • Diane…we’re trying to get to the bottom of it. I’ll post his cause of death when I know..I don’t think they had determined it.

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,

  26. Reblogging. What a heartbreaking story.

    • I was rooting for him Enchanted Seashells ):

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,

  27. Reblogged this on Enchanted Seashells…Confessions of a Tugboat Captain's Wife and commented:
    Howling For Justice tells the story of Navarre The Wolf: Shot, Paralyzed, Rescued From Freezing Waters. If you don’t know this story, please read and SHARE.

  28. Sorry to just learn that Navarre past away in 2012. Wolves are such beautifull animals.

    • They truly are Tim!

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,

  29. j’ ai la gorge nouée quand je vois des animaux maltraités, surtout les loups que je respecte !! <3

  30. I’m so sad Navarre died after all he went through. I was so hoping for a happy ending for him. I just wish all the blessings in this world and the next for those good people who helped him. We hear so many stories of the terrible human abuse, neglect, and indifference toward animals. The rescuers brought a miracle into a bleak and harsh world. May Navarre help them from the spirit world.

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