Claim: Photographs show a coyote that survived an eight-hour trip wedged behind a car bumper.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, November 2009]
When a brother and sister struck a coyote at
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.
Last updated: The circulating text and photos shown above, about a coyote that was rescued relatively unharmed after it was hit by a car on an interstate and spent the next eight hours wedged behind a car bumper, were taken directly from a
As the Union of Western Nevada County, California, reported a few weeks prior to the Daily Mail article, the coyote shown was hit by a car in which Daniel and Tevyn East were traveling during a drive from Colorado to California in early
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
Tevyn and Daniel huddled with Jeffrey Adams, who got on the telephone with volunteers from Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release.
Volunteer Jan Crowell arrived with a kennel and equipment to help corral the coyote, including a catch pole with a loop, and the delicate operation to rescue the coyote got under way.
Crowell was able to get the catch pole loop around its neck and used that to guide the animal into the dog carrier. She then took the coyote home, where she rehabilitates wild mammals, for observation.
"I was just amazed," Crowell said. "Quite frankly, I figured it would have broken bones."
When the 45-pound canine calmed down, the only injuries it appeared to have sustained were a scratch on one leg and a scrape on the pad of one paw, she said.
Last updated: 5 February 2015
Kellar, Liz. "A Wild Car Ride for a Wily Coyote." The [Western Nevada County] Union. 17 October 2009. Daily Mail. "Meet the Wiliest of All Coyotes." 28 October 2009.