It’s become something of an internet cliche to self-identify with animals. That’s particularly true if they’re critters of the put-upon or bedraggled sort — ugly cats, pizza-loving rats, skeptical manatees and so on. But all of those animals are pieces of shit now, because the official mascot of 2016, the animal for our time and place is here in the form of Jarhead Coyote.
The hapless pup was spotted in the woods of New Hampshire, and photographed by Fish and Game officials, who attempted to remove the plastic container from its head, but were unsuccessful, as Boston Magazine reported.
“It is possible that the coyote was able to remove the plastic jar from its head on its own, or it may have gone deeper in to the woods, and has not been seen for a couple of days,” Lt. Scott LaCrosse of the NH Fish and Game Department said in a statement via BoMag.
It would be hard to think of an animal that better represents us collectively in 2016: confused, blinkered to the world around us by our own stupidity and greedy appetites, running, running, from what we don’t know, but running all the same, alone, through the wilderness, probably going to die.