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Body In River Turns Out To Be Dead Cat In Coffin

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A report of a body in the North Branch of the Chicago River turned up a deceased cat in a coffin. (Credit: Chicago Fire Department)

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CHICAGO (CBS) — Fire crews rushed to the North Branch of the Chicago River near Division Street Friday, after someone reported there was a body in the water.

There was indeed a body in the water. But the body was in a coffin, and it belonged to a cat.

About 10:50 a.m., fire crews responded to the river near Division and Halsted streets in response to a report of a body in the water.

Fire personnel, according to a dispatch report, reported that “if it’s a body, it’s a recovery,” meaning the body in the water was not alive.

Fire Media Affairs reported the object found in the water was a small coffin with a dead house cat inside.

It was likely the result of a send-off water burial for a deceased pet, according to Fire Media.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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