Bobcat Survives 50-Mile Trip In Car's Grille

Image: Richmond Animal Care and Control
Image: Richmond Animal Care and Control

Cars, sadly, hit all kinds of animals on the road, and usually it doesn’t end very well, though sometimes our furry friends survive. A couple of months ago, for example, a coyote somehow survived the collision. And last week in Virginia, a bobcat also escaped death, while getting a free 50-mile ride in what must have been an extremely uncomfortable position.


It all happened on Thanksgiving morning, when a woman driving a Toyota Prius struck the bobcat on her way to work, not realizing until she she got to her destination that what she had struck was still attached to the grille. It was also still alive.

Experts from Richmond Animal Care and Control swiftly came to the rescue.

From WTRV:

“We got on scene and it really was true. It’s really a bobcat stuck in the front of a Prius grill,” [RACC Director Christie Peters] said. “When we walked by, he hissed at us, so he’s alive and may be OK, which was so crazy since she drove from Gloucester to VCU.”


I, too, would hiss at you if you made me ride 50 miles in the cold stuck on your grille. The extraction, though, proved fairly straightforward.

Peters then sedated the animal, which had been wedged into the grill, and within four minutes the big cat was “pretty much out.”

“And as he started to go limp, he started to drop a little bit lower,” Peters explained. “And really in reality the only thing holding him up was a wire… to his underbelly and one plastic piece under his ribcage.”

Peters said the trio loosened and moved the plastic components and pulled the wire before the bobcat dropped under the vehicle.

“And he was completely fine,” Peters said. “It’s insane.”

The bobcat has been checked for injuries, but apparently only suffered a minor cut on his back. He is currently being held at a wildlife center in Waynesboro, Virginia, though will eventually be released back into the wild, according to WTRV. The driver’s name was not released.

If you think you’ve hit a bobcat on your morning commute, maybe step out and check.

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I genuinely don’t understand people who hit something that large, which involves a noticeable impact, and a noticeable sound, and don’t bother to pull over and inspect their vehicle. ESPECIALLY if they didn’t see that large object behind them in the roadway.

I genuinely do not understand how people were able to keep their own horses alive, back in the day.