Working on a hunch, Rybaski decided to search the internet for photos of baby coyotes — and sure enough:
"We found it looked just like a coyote," he said. "We were very excited. It’s not every day that you get to hold a coyote in your hands. Everybody was like, ‘Aww!’"
Fortunately, the little coyote seemed to be in good health despite apparently having gotten lost from her mother. Still, she was too young to be released on her own, so the police reached out to the Willowbrook Wildlife Center for help. There, she will be cared for in the company of other coyotes so she can retain her wild instincts, after which, with a bit of luck, she'll one day be fit for release.