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Baby Coyote Found Hiding At Car Dealership

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This little coyote was captured Wednesday at a Goose Island car dealership and will eventually be released into the wild. (Sun-Times Media Wire)

This little coyote was captured Wednesday at a Goose Island car dealership and will eventually be released into the wild. (Sun-Times Media Wire)

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CHICAGO (STMW) — A baby coyote with apparent expensive taste was rescued Wednesday morning after it was it was found hiding underneath a car at a parking structure for a Goose Island Mercedes-Benz service center.

The pup, about 4 months old and whose gender was not immediately known, was named “Keegan,’’ city Animal Care and Control spokesman Brad Powers said.

“He was definitely suspicious of humans who were interacting with him or her,’’ Powers said. “He was a little scared, but very, very, cute.”

ACC received a call from 1111 W. Division St. about 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, and found Keegan hiding in the parking structure.

“It took a while, but we found him on the top (4th) level, hiding under a car,’’ Powers said.

Large ramps lead into the building on Division Street, which is a storage facility and a service center, according to Geoff Hult, Mercedes-Benz service director.

A security person spotted the animal about 6 a.m.

“He (coyote) ran up the ramp, and he was spotted up there, so basically we tried to get him down, but he kept hiding under one of the Mercedes up there,’’ Hult said.

The animal did not struggle or suffer any injuries when officers used a catch pole and placed it into a small cage normally used for cats, Powers said. He was taken to Animal Control headquarters in the 2700 block of South Western.

Powers said no one knows where the coyote came from.

“There was no sign of a mother coyote or any other coyotes around,’’ he said.

Keegan has now been placed with Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation, an agency that takes “all of our coyotes,’’ Powers said.

There, it is hoped Keegan will maintain “wild instincts” while interacting with other coyotes.

Hult said it was the “first time I’ve ever seen a coyote. We get everything from turtles to geese, or ducks to fish — a lot of animals — but never a coyote.”

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2010. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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