Miracle coyote hit by car on Alberta highway, safely travels 30 km in car’s grill

Josh Duncan | September 11, 2017 in National News

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Coyotes may not be part of the feline family, but one of them certainly has nine lives.

Georgie Knox was travelling from Airdrie to Calgary for work recently when she hit that particular coyote with her car.

“Last week, on my way to work in the early morning, a coyote darted in front of my car and I hit it,” Knox explained on a Facebook post about the incident. “I heard a crunch and believed I ran over and killed it.”

Photo Credit: Georgie Knox on Facebook

When she arrived in Calgary, however, a construction worker pointed out to Knox that she had a hitchhiker.

“Upon stopping at a traffic light by my work, a construction woman notified me that there was in fact a coyote still embedded in my car,” said Knox. “When I got out to look, this poor little guy was looking up and blinking at me.”

The poor animal was stuck in the grill of Knox’s vehicle and despite the crazy nature of the incident, didn’t appear to be too badly injured.

Photo Credit: Georgie Knox on Facebook

Knox called Alberta Fish and Wildlife Enforcement, who sent an officer to check out and deal with the coyote.

“Miraculously, he was freed and had minimal injuries despite having hitched a ride from Airdrie to Calgary at highway speeds,” Knox’s Facebook post said. “Their biologist checked him over and gave him the good to go.”

The coyote was released in Kananaskis, which is just over 100 km away from Airdrie and right on the edge of multiple provincial parks.

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