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Roads are a Dangerous Place for Animals

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Bear Road Kill by PunkToad, on Flickr
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Have you ever been driving down the road or highway and collide with an animal of some sort? Well, it’s very sad when it happens and many of us have probably hit one at some point and may not of even realized it.
Automobiles are very heavy and carry a lot of velocity, poor animals don’t stand a chance. I live in Texas and there are tons of varmints running wild everywhere. It’s not uncommon at all to be cruising down a country road and see a rattle snake stretched out across the road. There are many jack rabbits, turtles, deer, possums, armadillo and even the occasional cow that’s gotten out of a neighboring pasture.
I guess depending on where you live, seeing animals out on the road ways may or may not be as common. But even domesticated animals may be seen trying to cross the street. The thing is, these animals don’t generally know what kind of danger they’re in, so it’s up to us to keep an eye out for them.
Yesterday I was coming back from picking up some lunch and there was a guy running around like a mad man trying to chase down his Boston Terrier. Well the little guy ran out into the street just as a big truck was passing by. It looked like the two met and the little dog went rolling around on the ground. Luckily I don’t think he actually got ran over, but he just kind of bounced off the truck.
Of course by this time everyone was slowing down or stopping as the man almost ran out in front of a car himself trying to save his dog. But this situation could of ended very badly, either by the dog getting killed or maybe even the man. You could hear him screaming at the top of his lungs trying to get his dog to come back. No wonder the little feller was running away! lol

Deer in the Headlights

About 12-15 years ago, I can’t remember exactly how long, I was going around the highway on the outside loop of our city. This was at night and of course was very dark. As I rounded the loop a huge deer jumped out from the median and slammed into the corner of my car. Keep in mind this was on the highway so I was going about 65 mph. All I remember seeing was that one great big eye staring at me as the two of us met. Upon impact it slowed me down to about 40 mph almost instantly and I couldn’t tell where the deer went.
I stopped and took a look around, but never did find any signs of the animal. It’s almost like it just disintegrated in this air upon impact! I’m assuming he limped off into the brush on the other side of the highway, but I still to this day do not know what came of him.
Of course the left front side of my car was crushed and the headlight was busted out, it was really scary. I’m just glad it didn’t cause me to wreck into another car or fly off into the median. It could of ended very badly. There are a lot of deer in this area and you have to be very careful while driving at night.

Anyway, as the holidays are fast approaching, I just wanted to take this opportunity to remind my readers to be careful. Even though it’s easy to forget, we aren’t the only things out on the roads. Animals have a way of popping out on us before we can blink an eye.
So if you’re traveling this holiday season, but sure and keep a look out. I want everyone to arrive safely and have a wonderful time.
Do you have any crazy stories about a collision with an animal? Please share with us in the comments.

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3 thoughts on “Roads are a Dangerous Place for Animals
    1. Yes for sure during the holidays…there will be a lot of traveling. The animals don’t really know to look out for us, so it’s our duty to look out for them.

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