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There's been another jailbreak from nature, and this time the culprit is a coyote. Coyotes, once thought to be creatures of the prairie, are American wild dogs that can thrive in almost any kind of terrestrial habitat. One made it all the way to Boston's North End, probably to compare different plates of Meadow Vole Alfredo at various Prince Street Ristorantes. It was scooped up by authorities, who brought it to Tufts Wildlife clinic where it was deemed relatively healthy: not conspicuously rabid or mangy, but possibly hit by a car.

They are going to release it "to the wild" whatever that means. A Coyote found that far into Boston didn't wander there from the Worcester Hills. This guy was a local, and as far as he was concerned, he was in the wild. Nonetheless, the belief that the city is NOT wildlife habitat must be protected at costs, no matter that the wildlife continues to view it as such. He'll be let go someplace woodsy, wondering just what happened.

While it lasts, the article, with a great photograph of the vet students working, is at boston.com:
http://www.boston.com/news/local/breaking_news/2008/01/coyote_captured.html

Thanks to Gribley, for pointing me toward this story!

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stephanietberry
Jan. 16th, 2008 02:52 pm (UTC)
Just last night I was reading to my kids a coyote article in National Geographic Kids, which reported that coyotes were found in every major city in the United States. That coyote will probably look around at all the trees and wonder where in hell he's been placed!

I find the "disoriented by snowstorm" reasoning in the article to be nothing short of hilarious. I can see it now. Every snowstorm that hits Mass has coyotes running around in circles, confused and bewildered.

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