When Eli Boroditsky was driving to his night shift at the Bothwell Cheese factory about 38 kilometres southwest of Winnipeg, he hit something with his car.
When he stoped to check, he found what he thought was a dog, stunned and sitting on the side of the road.
"I thought it was a german shepherd or a husky," Mr Boroditsky told local news outlet CBC news of the incident that happened on Wednesday night (local time).
Concerned the animal might be injured and be prey for wild animals, Mr Boroditsky placed the dog in the back of his car and drove to work, planning to call local vet hospitals.
"I didn't think it was a wild animal. It is amazing how docile it was. I was petting it," Mr Boroditsky said to CBC.
Once he got to work, one of Mr Boroditsky co-workers who had experience with animals spotted the animal in the back of his car and alerted him to the fact that Mr Boroditsky actually had a wild coyote in the back of his car.
After calling various wildlife centres Mr Boroditsky was told he would have to wait until morning before a handler could come and help and so the coyote spent the night in the car.
Much to the surprise of Mr Boroditsky and his coworkers, the wild animal remained calm and didn’t even defecate or urinate in the car.
7 News Miami reported that just before 9am the following morning, a conservation officer arrived and was able to take the coyote to the Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre.
Zoé Nakata, the executive director of the Rehabilitation Centre, told CNN the coyote sustained head trauma in the collision, along with scrapes on the face and leg but is now recovering well at her facility.
She said the coyote is between one and three years old and “getting stronger by the day,” and will soon be able to be released back into the wild.
Ms Nakata added that while she's happy everyone is safe, she doesn't advise picking up a wild animal, no matter the circumstances.
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