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Regardless of How You Feel About Coyotees.....

>> Saturday, November 28, 2009

The following story came to me by email and I had to share......

Meet the wiliest of all coyotes: Hit by a car at 75mph, embedded in the fender, road for 600 miles - and SURVIVED!
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 on October 12. 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

The owner of the car inspected the damage to his car and the body of the coyote was poking out through the radiator

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

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.

The coyote rests in a cage after its ordeal - which it survived with just some scrapes to its paw.


Unknown November 28, 2009 at 10:42 AM  

What an awesome story! Sure hope it went on to live a good life!

Parsley November 28, 2009 at 10:50 AM  

Oh my word! I would help take care of him and release him to the pack that lives near us. What a story!!!!

SANDY November 28, 2009 at 12:30 PM  

That's the most amazing thing I've ever heard. I would have been afraid to get out and look in the dead of night with a pack of coyote's right there; so can see why they didn't look then. The car must have somehow protected it all those many miles? Wonder if it made noise they might have heard while driving? Fascinating story. Cute picture and a great post.


Anya November 28, 2009 at 3:25 PM  

I love your story
you are a fantastic writer :-)
Unique shots today ....

Have a nice weekend

CATachresis November 28, 2009 at 4:01 PM  

What an amazing story! That was a very lucky escape indeed. I don't really know what coyotes are as we don't have them in Wales lol. Looks like a kind of dog?

Two French Bulldogs November 28, 2009 at 7:55 PM  

Awesome story!! Wonder if he can live with us? Never mind..momma said no.
Benny & Lily

2cats November 28, 2009 at 8:09 PM  

It seems a miracle to have it survive all those miles. I hope he made it through the rest of hislife without that kind of excitement.

Honeygo Beasley November 29, 2009 at 9:09 AM  

Wow - animals know how to survive better than people, sometimes. What a cute coyote - they are a part of the natural world.

Lillian Robinson November 29, 2009 at 9:23 PM  

Amazing story, though, living in the country, I'm not particularly fond of coyotes!

Sandra November 29, 2009 at 9:43 PM  

That is a great story. As with all predators, there is a mixed feeling. They aren't bad, they are what they are. But if it's your animal that becomes their dinner, you aren't going to be pleased. But they are doing what they do to survive.

Oklahoma Granny November 30, 2009 at 11:12 AM  

That's an incredible story!

BRUTUS November 30, 2009 at 10:25 PM  

Amazing! Surely something to show the odd person who thinks they've seen everything!!


The Adventures of the LLB Gang December 1, 2009 at 5:50 PM  

...and he lived happily ever after....

WOW We love happy endings!!! What a great story!

SquirrelQueen December 3, 2009 at 5:59 PM  

What a wonderful story of survival, I hope he was released to return to his pack. They are beautiful animals.

Melinda December 4, 2009 at 12:04 PM  

How in the world??? That is incredible!

Sammy January 13, 2010 at 11:03 PM  

My human says the coyote is "cute"... But she's also very sad because her first cat was killed by them... Me? I think that's just amazing! How the heck did he survive through all that?!

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