Thursday, August 2, 2012

One Tough Coyote - by Lila

Lila sent me this story this evening and I thought it was incredible. 

Loved it.

Hope you do too.

Hit by a car at 75mph, embedded in the fender, rode for 600 miles - and

When a brother and sister struck a coyote at 75mph they assumed they had
killed the animal and drove on.They didn't realize this was the toughest
creature ever to survive a hit-and-run.Eight hours, two fuel stops, and
600 miles later they found the wild animal embedded in their front fender -
and very much alive. Daniel and Tevyn East were driving at night along
Interstate 80 near the Nevada-Utah border when they noticed a pack of
coyotes near the roadside. When one of the animals ran in front of the car,
the impact sounded fatal so the siblings thought there no point in stopping.
"Right off the bat, we knew it was bad," Daniel explained. "We thought the
story was over." After the incident around 1am, they continued their 600
mile drive to North San Juan - even stopping for fuel at least twice. But it
was only when they finally reached their destination at 9am did they take
time to examine what damage they may have sustained.
At first it looked as though it was going to be quite gruesome. "[ Daniel ]
saw fur and the body inside the grill," Tevyn East said. "I was trying to keep
some distance. Our assumption was it was part of the coyote - it didn't
register it was the whole animal." Daniel East got a broom to try and pry
the remains out of the bumper and got the shock of his life. "It flinched,"

Tevyn East said. "It was a huge surprise - he got a little freaked out."

"We knew it was bad":

Tevyn East, who was in the car when it hit the coyote,bends down to take a
look at the fur poking through the fender.
Fur Pete's sake:

What Mr. East spotted as he bent down to inspect the damage to his car -
the body of the coyote poking out through the radiator.

Wily coyote:

The animal's head can be seen as rescuers took apart the front fender
to save it after it was struck by the car at 75mph.

Miracle escape:

As the animal struggled, wildlife protection officials put a loop around its neck
to prevent it from further injuring itself. The front of the car is completely taken apart as the coyote begins to wriggle free.
  And voila!

Tricky the toughest coyote ever rests in a cage after his ordeal -
which it survived with just some scrapes to its paw.


Lili said...

What an amazing story. Thx for sharing Lisa.

Leanne x

Lisa F. Tardiff said...

This one didn't come from me. I love the stories everyone has been sharing lately.