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A baby coyote was rescued by Animal Care Control officers after it was found hiding underneath car Goose IslMercedes-Benz service

A baby coyote was rescued by Animal Care and Control officers after it was found hiding underneath a car at a Goose Island Mercedes-Benz service center parking structure Wednesday morning, July 13, 2011. The approximately 4-month-old baby coyote, whose gender was not immediately known, was named, "Keegan," by the ACC.

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A baby coyote was rescued Wednesday morning after it was found hiding underneath a car at a parking structure for a Goose Island Mercedes-Benz service center.

Chicago Animal Care and Control received a call from the 1100 block of West Division Street about 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, and found the coyote hiding in the parking structure.

“It took a while, but we found him on the top (4th) level, hiding under a car,’’ said agency spokesman Brad Powers, adding that the pup, about 4 months old, was named “Keegan.”

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

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 (The 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.

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

Laughing, he added the coyote must have “good taste.’’

The coyote did not struggle or suffer any injuries when officers used a catch pole, placed it into a small cage normally used for cats and took it to Animal Control headquarters, Powers said.

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 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.

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