The coyote stands on a small slab of ice in Lake Michigan on Friday morning about a half mile from the shore. | ABC7 Chicago
It was a lonely scene — a freezing coyote, stranded on a tiny slab of ice, adrift in Lake Michigan.
Lonely — except for the news helicopters circling overhead, the Fire Department boat dispatched to rescue the wayward animal and the crowds gathered on the shore.
The 3-year-old female got into the fix Friday morning on the ice off Fullerton Avenue. At one point, the coyote jumped into the water, only to retreat to the chunk of ice keeping her afloat.
An hour later, she was rescued by workers on the Fire Department boat, with Animal Care & Control officer Miguel Hernandez using a snare to scoop her up and bring her aboard.
“She was probably hypothermic by then,’’ Animal Care & Control Executive Director Cherie Travis said. “She was not uncooperative. Her body temperature was such that she was shutting down.
“It’s amazing how good she looks. She’s looking alert and bright and she’s definitely very responsive. She’s in a cage with blankets,’’ Travis said.
The coyote was be taken late Friday to Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation in the suburbs, where she will be evaluated and released back into the wild.
“I can’t believe how lucky she was to be rescued. It could really have been a bad day for her,’’ Travis said.