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21 October 2009 @ 08:24 pm
And I thought Coyote loved MY car...  

Struck at 75 mph, this coyote rode from the Utah-Nevada border all the way to Sacramento wedged behind the grill of a Honda Fit.

Despite the impact and an 8-to-10-hour drive, he suffered no broken bones or internal injuries -- proving that at least some coyotes are every bit as durable as Chuck Jones told us when we were kids.

Four days later, he escaped from a kennel,

There's a slide show at the NBC Bay Area site. It's amazing.

In a later interview, the Honda was quoted as saying, "Beep beep."

On a related note, I got the Grape back today. The shiny new headlight on the starboard side makes the old port side headlight look sorta grungy. There's a crack in the Ford medallion, but that's the only remaining evidence of that impact.

I have appointments planned for tomorrow, but the Santa Cruz Resume Jaunt will take place on Friday.

Thanks to wingywoof for the coyote story. Thanks to Kuykendall's Auto Body & Frame for the car repairs, and thanks to hinoki for sending me there.
I feel: amusedamused
Bobyourbob on October 22nd, 2009 03:53 am (UTC)
Locally here that coyote news story ran with an almost identical story about a housecat that did the same thing.

Luck in Santa Cruz!
Christopher Bradleycpxbrex on October 22nd, 2009 06:50 am (UTC)
Ha! He escaped the Man! Excellent!
Anvil*thoughtsdriftby on October 22nd, 2009 06:01 pm (UTC)
Consider I check the mirrors even when a plastic bag blows by the front to the car least it be lodged in front of the radiator. How do you not notice hitting a coyote at 75 mph and it just seems to disappear? Then crossing Nevada without checking oil or water when you refuel or just the extent of damage under the front? Blinders on, it still moves...

Ok, I'd want that bumper checked for other types of blood. Seem like the type that might not slow down for pedestrians.
"And I realized I did want a drink, after all."circuit_four on October 22nd, 2009 06:12 pm (UTC)
I just now got the "beep beep" line. Hang on, I need to go rummage through the closet... to find a hat to smack you with. :)
ebony14 on October 22nd, 2009 09:27 pm (UTC)
I thought it was the Nash Rambler that went "Beep Beep."
ArchTeryxarchteryx on October 23rd, 2009 03:00 am (UTC)
What an amazing story that is. That was one durable critter, indeed.

Normally I'd be worried that the beast was so far out of his territory, but I have the feeling that THIS coyote will be running the joint in a week or so! :>
jrrhackjrrhack on October 23rd, 2009 05:00 pm (UTC)
wow awesome story!