50 Miles Later, This Prius Owner Finds a Bobcat in her Car’s Grille
This incident is one for the booksby Kirby Garlitos, on
Imagine driving 50 miles to work and then finding out when you reach your destination that during your journey, an animal somehow got stuck in your car. A woman from Richmond, Virginia didn’t have to imagine such a situation because it actually happened to her when a bobcat — yes, a bobcat! — got stuck in the front grille of her Toyota Prius while she was traveling the 50-mile route to her workplace. Chalk this one incident up to the list of “improbable things that can happen to you on your morning commute.”
As soon as it identified the animal and the perceived threats of its predatory instincts, rescuers from the RACC immediately sedated the cat before it manipulated the bumper to set it free
The incident was first reported by local news outlet WTVR, and it’s a doozy. According to the report, the woman admitted to hitting something on her way to work, but since she was unaware of what it was, she opted to keep driving. Only until she reached her destination an hour later did she discover the poor yet ferocious feline wedged in the grille of her car.
The woman immediately contacted Richmond Animal Care & Control, who arrived on scene to lend some help. “We got on scene, and it really was true,” RACC officer Barbara Jones told the news outlet. “It’s really a bobcat stuck in the front of a Prius grille.” As soon as it identified the animal and the perceived threats of its predatory instincts, rescuers from the RACC immediately sedated the cat before it manipulated the bumper to set it free. Somehow, the bobcat escaped serious injury, suffering only a small cut on its back. It’s currently under the care and supervision of the RACC, which plans to return it back to the wild as soon as it’s healthy enough to go on its own.
The story has a happy ending for all parties concerned. That’s especially true for the bobcat, which miraculously escaped without any serious injuries after going through such an ordeal.
Read our full review on the 2017 Toyota Prius.