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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Antifreeze-Addicted Marmot Hitches a Ride to San Francisco

Posted By on Thu, Jun 27, 2013 at 7:15 AM

click to enlarge Next stop: Autozone - DAVID ILIFF/WIKIMEDIA

Local animal rescuers have been trying to capture a wild marmot that reportedly hitchhiked from the Sierras to the much milder climate of San Francisco just in time for Gay Pride.

No word on why the little guy chose to stop off in the Bay Area, however, animal rescuers tell reporters they must get the wild squirrel back to its natural habitat up in the mountains or it could die. Marmots are not from the Bay Area, and live in colder climates at elevations of 5,000 feet or higher.

The marmot was first spotted in Bernal Heights when an astute neighbor noticed the wayward squirrel, probably fiending for some ethylene glycol. Yes, you read that right.

Wildlife Emergency Services, based in Moss Landing, were called out to the scene where they set up traps and attempted all day to cajole the animal out from underneath a backyard shed.

Authorities say they think the animal made its way to Bernal Heights by hitching a ride on the undercarriage of a vehicle coming from the Sierras or other mountainous location. It's probably been in the Bay Area for about a week -- long enough that it could soon die if not taken back to the mountains.

Rebecca Dmytryk, with the Wildlife Emergency Services, told reporters that the marmot has this crazy love for antifreeze, and is known to hop into cars and chew through the engine hoses to guzzle the chemical.

In any event, anyone with information about how the marmot came to San Francisco or who recently returned to the city from the mountains is asked to call WES at (866) 945-3911.

And if you spot the little guy, don't feed it antifreeze.

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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