While everyone loves a road trip, most of us prefer to ride inside the car. But an Albertan coyote had no such luxury recently when it was accidentally “picked up” and brought on a drive between Airdrie and Calgary.
The unlucky coyote found itself embedded in the front grille of a car when it was struck on the highway. Georgie Knox, the driver of the car, recounted the incident in a Facebook post: “Last week on my way to work in the early morning, a coyote darted in front of my car and I hit it. I heard a crunch and believed I ran over and killed it.” Thinking the coyote dead, Knox kept driving and got almost all the way to work before a construction worker stopped her and pointed out something odd attached to the front of the car.
It turned out that the coyote was not only still with us, it was still with her, specifically. “When I got out to look, this poor little guy was looking up and blinking at me,” Knox wrote.
All told, the coyote travelled around 35 kilometres in the front of the car. “I felt horrible when I realized I took him with me all the way from Airdrie,” Knox told CTV News. She called Alberta Fish and Wildlife, who managed to free the coyote and fortunately found it was not badly injured.
After checking the coyote, officials released it in Kananaskis, making what could have been a life-ending encounter into a change of address. As Knox wrote, “Clearly mother nature has other plans for this special little guy!”