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Coyote Visits Lincoln Park Zoo

By Andrew Peerless in Miscellaneous on Apr 29, 2005 1:57PM

2005_4_coyote.jpgChicagoist has told you much about recent weirdness and tragedy at the Lincoln Park Zoo, and the saga continued yesterday morning when a school field trip spotted a wild coyote roaming the grounds. The coyote surprised a group of pre-schoolers, all of whom were ushered to safety behind a nearby wall but will be scared shitless of dogs for years to come. Zookeepers attempted to restrain the young wild thing with nets, but he escaped their grasp and fled the zoo without futher incident.

Zoo authorities are guessing the coyote came to the zoo not to see the new Regenstein Center for African Apes, but in search of breakfast in the form of small, yummy animals. Or maybe he was there to protest Wankie the elephant's move to a different zoo.

Chicagoist has heard of city-wise coyotes in Chicago before, but prefers to think that these beasts reside exclusively among towering red cliffs (and bizarre gravitational forces that allow those running off the aforementioned cliffs to suspend momentarily, legs churning, before looking at the camera and plummeting into a poof of dust).