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Someone in a northwest Chicago suburb spotted what they believed to be a lost puppy on the side of the road last week, and they brought it to police officers in Bartlett, Illinois.

But it turned out to be a different kind of pup.

As police discovered, what appeared to be an adorable, lonely dog turned out to be a wild animal: a young coyote.

The Bartlett Police Department posted a photo May 10 of the young coyote on its Facebook and Twitter pages, where it's been shared hundreds of times.

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"This cute puppy was brought to the PD after a concerned resident found it alone on the side of a busy road Actually, the puppy turned out to be a coyote!" the Police Department wrote. "He was quite the attraction at the PD before he was brought to our friends at Willowbrook Wildlife."

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Willowbrook Wildlife, according to its website, is a native wildlife rehabilitation center in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, that provides care and medical treatment to injured and orphaned wild animals.

NBC 5 reported that the coyote -- actually a female, and not a male as the police thought -- didn't have any injuries when she was found, but she was dehydrated.

The center told the television station it probably will transfer the pup to another facility to be with other young coyotes close to her size.

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