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Coyote hit by truck gets stuck in bumper

'Vern' rode 6 miles in truck's grill; Suffered multiple leg

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(Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation)

A lucky coyote is recovering after being hit by a truck in Illinois and getting stuck in the vehicle's grill.

Driver Mark Armour told the Lake County News-Sun he thought he may have hit something in the early morning hours of Sept. 24, but didn't see anything and drove another six miles to a train station in Waukegan.

Onlookers thought it was a fox lodged in his truck's grill, but soon realized it was a coyote.

Armour immediately called police, who managed to free the animal before calling Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation. The center agreed to take the animal in.

The coyote, whom staffers call Vern, suffered three fractures to its legs but is now resting after receiving treatment.

According to the rehab center, Vern is expected to make a full recovery and will be released back into the wild after winter.