By Jennifer McRae

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (CBS4)– A marmot was rescued from outside a restaurant in Englewood after the little guy hitchhiked to town from the mountains. Animal welfare officers believe the marmot crawled inside a vehicle and then hung on until the vehicle stopped in Englewood.

(credit: Englewood Police)

The marmot was found outside Steakhouse 10 and officers say it appears to be healthy and in good condition.

According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife, marmots are attracted to cars, they like to explore the dark and quiet places in a vehicle and often end up staying put even after the vehicle starts to move. In Colorado, marmots are known to have shown up in Aurora and other Denver metro area communities after hitching a ride from the high country.

This marmot will be transported to his high altitude habitat after wildlife officials check him out.

Jennifer McRae