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This is amazing....Coyote embedded in fender survives

Posted by on Dec. 1, 2009 at 4:14 PM
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Meet the wiliest of all coyotes: Hit by a car at 75mph, embedded in the fender, and dragged for 600 miles - but Tricky SURVIVED

By Mail Foreign Service
Last updated at 6:13 PM on 28th October 2009

When a brother and sister struck a coyote at 75mph they assumed they had killed the animal and drove on.

They didn't realise 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.

Wily coyote: The creature's head can be seen inside the front of the car as rescuers work desperately to free it

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

'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

'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

And - as if to prove the point - the wily coyote later escaped from where it was being kept to recover.

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.

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

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

As the animal struggled, wildlife protection officials put a loop around its neck to prevent it from further injuring itself

Miracle escape: As the animal struggled, wildlife protection officials put a loop around its neck to prevent it from further injuring itself

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.'

The front of the car is completely taken apart as the coyote begins to wriggle free

The front of the car is completely taken apart as the coyote begins to wriggle free

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

The pair immediately phone Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release.

'We could see a little bit of blood, not a lot, and we couldn't see any wounds,' Tevyn East said. 'We didn't know if it was suffering and we should put it out of its misery, or if we could rescue it. But we realized we were going to have to take the front end of the car off to get to it.'

The coyote had been thoroughly embedded between the front fender and radiator of their Honda Fit car - and had amazingly survived the journey without any broken bones or internal injuries.

'It just had some scrapes on its paw,' Daniel East said.

The coyote - which was nicknamed Tricky - became active while trying to escape the car space so, fearing severe internal injuries, wildlife rescue worker Jan Crowell managed to snare a loop around its neck.

Jan took the coyote to a kennel in her yard while figuring out where to release it.

But three days later the coyote saw its chance - and escaped by wriggling beneath the bottom bar of the cage.

'Now it's a local coyote,' Tevyn East said.

'This coyote is amazing. If you look at the front of our car, the grill broke and acted like a net to soften the impact. It's pretty insane ... somehow the conditions were just right for it to survive the trip. We're trying to tell the story to people, to family and friends back home, but people can't wrap their minds around it.'

'We named it Tricky for a reason,' Daniel East said.



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stormcris
by Christy on Dec. 1, 2009 at 4:17 PM

Awe that is so great that Tricky survived.

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sweetie00
by on Dec. 1, 2009 at 4:17 PM

Dogs are resilient creatures.

"We must use our lives to make the world a better place to live, not just to acquire things. That is what we are put on the earth for."- Dolores Huerta

tscritch
by Silver Member on Dec. 1, 2009 at 4:22 PM

 That's just crazy!! I'm glad he survived.

tericared
by on Dec. 1, 2009 at 4:22 PM

That was really somthing.....If not for the photos  I wouldnt have believed it..... 

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Talee
by Gold Member on Dec. 1, 2009 at 4:28 PM


Quoting tericared:

That was really somthing.....If not for the photos  I wouldnt have believed it..... 


I know...what is funny is I got it as a chain email this morning at work...wasn't sure I believed it then lol

Peanutx3
by Ruby Member on Dec. 1, 2009 at 4:29 PM

Darn things are near impossible to kill.  Our neighborhood is surrounded by Coyotes and they are very brazen.  They have even attacked our 11 year old yellow lab when she was outside.  

mistynights234
by on Dec. 1, 2009 at 4:58 PM

I know alot of people dont like the coyote.............but I do and oh my gosh this is awesome! 

survivorinohio
by René on Dec. 1, 2009 at 6:01 PM

Amazing!! Heres hoping Tricky has a long life!!!!

               

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themountainmama
by on Dec. 1, 2009 at 6:04 PM

What a great story! 

tericared
by on Dec. 1, 2009 at 6:06 PM


Quoting mistynights234:

I know alot of people dont like the coyote.............but I do and oh my gosh this is awesome! 


Me too, I think they are beautiful animals...

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