'Docile' Coyote Spends 11 Hours in Man's Car

He thought it was a big dog, possibly a husky
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 4, 2019 3:16 AM CST
He Thought He Had Saved a Dog. It Was a Coyote
Wildlife officials say coyotes can be identified by their long snouts and puffy tails.   (Getty Images/Planetix)

A Canadian man on his way to work a night shift hit what he thought was a large dog with his car and put the dazed animal in his Hyundai to protect it from predators. But when Eli Boroditsky arrived at work, colleagues at a Manitoba cheese factory told him he actually had a young female coyote in his car, CNN reports. He tells the CBC that he was "extremely surprised" to find out that the docile animal, which weighed around 30 pounds, was wild and potentially dangerous. "I thought it was a German shepherd or a husky," he says. "I didn't think it was a wild animal." He says he clipped the animal after it suddenly jumped out in front of his vehicle and it was stunned but not severely injured.

Boroditsky says he called conservation officials, but he had to wait until hours after his shift ended for somebody to remove the coyote from his car. He says the animal spent a total of around 11 in hours in his vehicle and the "only time she really acted up is when the wildlife officer put the loop around her to get her out of the car." The coyote was taken to a wildlife rehabilitation center, where she is expected to make a full recovery, the Winnipeg Free Press reports. "We’re very happy that conservation officers were called because this could’ve been a pretty dangerous situation," says Zoe Nakata, the wildlife center's director. (This Colorado woman put an injured bobcat next to her young son in the back of her SUV.)

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