Miracle coyote from mssc

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.’

Can U believe?

‘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 its ordeal – which it survived with just some scrapes to its paw.

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8 Responses to Miracle coyote from mssc

  1. moodswingmabel says:


  2. Nikki says:

    That is incredible….not the ending I’m sure most expected!

  3. Sue says:

    SHUT UP!!!! That’s crazy! We hit a coyote on I-35 in Iowa at 10pm one night! We were headed to my grandma’s funeral in Missouri and I saw it in the road, but thought it was maybe a cat…not until it was too late to stop did we see what it was and the suburban took a nice hit for us!

  4. Vicki says:

    didnt we see this exact same thing happen but with an owl in mpls this summer? i recall seeing it on the news.

  5. javajunkee says:

    makes me sad ..but I’m glad he’s ok. WOW! I can’t even imagine.

    btw we have one roaming the park they say. He’s been spotted. It makes me sick to think somebody is gonna end up killing it 😦

  6. birdpress says:

    Aww, that poor guy! I can’t figure out how he actually got IN there though! He must have been so scared and hurt. I kind of doubt they went through all the trouble of getting X-rays and looking for internal injuries, so I wonder if he really is okay.

  7. Joy says:

    I felt bad for this little guy too but you know, stranger things have happened and I’m going to continue to think he ended up okay somewhere on some kind of farm. Talk about wearing my rose colored glasses.

  8. mssc54 says:

    Fortunately for the coyote the front of this car is plastic. If you look you can see that he impacted on the driver’s side and gradually “scrunched” himself all the way over to the passanger side. Looks like the little guy was trying to climb out the hood!

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