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A friend gave me a link to this because we ran over an armadillo and ended up with an ornament to our car as well (not as gross as yours) - - We were going about 70 and the armadillo was dead already (so its velocity was nonexistent prior to the collision).

Since my dad is a PhD in physics, I have to say that this post gave me a smile despite the gruesomeness of the picture. Stuffed animals give me the willies.

Poor coyote. :(

While visiting relatives while vacationing in rural Texas, I borrowed a car for a drive to visit other relatives a few hours away. The car's owners were an elderly couple who no longer drove that car anyway. In the predawn darkness a coyote, apparently not deterred by the glaring headlights, sprinted straight into the front bumper and grille causing slight damage. I was a bit rattled.

When I reported the incident to the car's owners they were elated that I got one of those buggers that cause nothing but trouble on their granddaughter's ranch.

You might want to check your math: Regardless of the initial velocity of the car, mcar/(mcar+mcoyote) is going to be the same, (0.986). This means that the loss of speed is always going to be 1.4%. The 1.3% and 1.6% values you get seem to be round-off error.

man I can not get enough of looking at this awesome hit.
since coyotes plague our natural habits being such a ruthless killer
Thanks Brad for the excellent elimination of at least one, in such a fashionable manor.. 'that's real coyote hunting at it's finest'.

Too bad it didn't trash that stupid toyota...

Good thing nothing happened to it's engine. If it was an average car, the coyote's carcass might end up damaging the engine, breaking the car. Imagine how a car costs nowadays in car dealerships.

Indianapolis once had a serious accident involving animals on the road. I was quite surprised, since I never even knew we had Opossums roaming around. They had to pay tons for car repair (Indianapolis's car repair fees are cheap though) and mortgage after they tried to avoid the little critter and ended up hitting a post.

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