When Animals Attack: The 4 Strangest Animal-Related Car Wrecks

Deer strikes and other animal strikes are an extremely serious problem on the roads today (both for drivers and their auto insurance companies). They’re also a severe danger; not just to the animal, but also to the driver. And they’re sadly common.

These four incidents, however, not so much.

Don’t worry: the animals come out on top in these.

#4) Horse Jumps Into, Out of, Car

Shot in the American Southwest, we don’t have a lot of context for this video. We do know that these are wild horses, which are still found in America, and that they’re simply following the path of least resistance. Unfortunately for the car, one horse’s timing was a bit off.

The good news is that the horse was uninjured, and the driver was also unharmed, although shaken up and stuck with one heck of a story to sell to his auto insurance rep. But, hey, if nothing else, he had witnesses, video, and enduring Internet fame.

#3) Monkeys Do Not Care for Your Windshield Wipers

We suppose this is less of an “accident” and more of a deliberately inflicted problem, but really, people should know better by now.

This is just one of dozens of videos on YouTube and around the web from Longleat Safari Park, a few hours outside of London. The park is famous, or, rather, notorious for its monkeys, who have become so accustomed to cars driving slowly through their habitat that they have absolutely no fear of them whatsoever. To the monkeys, they’re just kind of slow-moving animals that have zero defenses.

This means the monkeys will happily jump on the car and forage for foods…or just rip pieces off of it for giggles. In fact, the park has a standing policy that anything the monkeys take off your car, which can include…well, pretty much everything sticking out from it, is gone for good and not to get out and try and take it back.

#2) Elephants Are Slow to Anger, But Once They Get There…

Elephants are widely considered the gentle giants of Africa, and with reason: they’re hard to antagonize. That’s unless you get between a mother and her child, as this Land Rover did. What did they get for their troubles? Flipped over, with a big hole in the side courtesy of Momma’s tusks.

This happens more often than you’d think: there are many safaris, after all, and elephants are extremely protective of their children. Or maybe it’s just one elephant with a serious grudge against Land Rovers. Either way, better to avoid getting between a mom and her kid…regardless of the animal.

#1) Bear Commits Grand Theft Auto

It’s hard not to feel bad, a bit, for the bear in this one.

Here’s what happened: a family had left some food in their Prius. A black bear caught wind of the food and managed to break in to the vehicle. It’s pretty easy to do when you’re a few hundred pounds of muscle and claws. Then, he disabled the parking brake by accident, as he was struggling to get out of the Prius, and went for a little ride.

Fortunately, the Prius was stopped by a retaining wall, and the bear got free. But it’s just a good remind to never, ever leave anything tasty in your car if bears are in your area.

Also, it’s a good idea to keep your texting indoors:

Elephants are widely considered the gentle giants of Africa, and with reason: they’re hard to antagonize. That’s unless you get between a mother and her child, as this Land Rover did. What did they get for their troubles? Flipped over, with a big hole in the side courtesy of Momma’s tusks. This happens more often than you’d think: there are many safaris, after all, and elephants are extremely protective of their children. Or maybe it’s just one elephant with a serious grudge against Land Rovers. Either way, better to avoid getting between a mom and her kid…regardless of the animal.

#1) Bear Commits Grand Theft Auto

It’s hard not to feel bad, a bit, for the bear in this one. Here’s what happened: a family had left some food in their Prius. A black bear caught wind of the food and managed to break in to the vehicle. It’s pretty easy to do when you’re a few hundred pounds of muscle and claws. Then, he disabled the parking brake by accident, as he was struggling to get out of the Prius, and went for a little ride. Fortunately, the Prius was stopped by a retaining wall, and the bear got free. But it’s just a good remind to never, ever leave anything tasty in your car if bears are in your area. Also, it’s a good idea to keep your texting indoors:

 

 

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