Toddler recovering well after wolf attack

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DUBUQUE, Iowa (KCRG) -- When you see Addelyn Walker, she seems like a normal, happy 2-year-old. However, this toddler in Dubuque, Iowa has already been through a lot.

Addelyn Walker of Dubuque is recovering after a caged wold viciously bit her on the arm at her great-grandmother's home in Potosi, Wisconsin on Memorial Day, 2017. (Allison Wong/KCRG-TV9)

You'll notice she has a pink cast on her left arm; that's because she's recovering from a vicious wolf attack.

It happened when Addelyn was visiting her great grandmother, Sheryl Hess, on Memorial Day, May 29. Addelyn's dad, Ryan Walker, said the great-grandmother owned a wolf and kept it in a cage on her property.

The wolf grabbed onto Addelyn's arm through the cage, which resulted in serious injuries.

The wolf was put down at the time of the incident.

Walker wasn't there when everything happened, but he said when he got a call from his wife, he immediately knew something was wrong.

"I could hear her tone of voice, I was fearing the worst, but I'm grateful that it wasn't. That we still have her here today," he said.

Now over a month after the incident, it's hard to believe she's playing with her siblings as if nothing ever happened.

"Mentally, she's a normal 2-year-old," Walker said. "She's still laughing and smiling and playing and having fun."

Her journey so far includes eight surgeries, metal pieces in her arm and hand, and skin grafts, with two more surgeries yet to come.

Addelyn's mom, Toni Walker, just hopes her arm heals well.

"I hope for the best recovery possible," she said. "That she can use her hand to the full extent and have nothing other than scars."

She added that the surgeries caused her husband to miss a month of work. People can donate to the family at the area Dutrac Bank.

Gray affiliate KCRG did reach out to Hess, but she declined to comment.

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