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Bear Grylls Survives 100kph Impact

Main image via Michael Hughes

A koala in South Australia has miraculously survived being hit by a car travelling at high speed after it became wedged in the front of the vehicle.

The animal was struck by a vehicle in the Adelaide Hills travelling at around 100 kilometers per hour and was lucky enough to not be seriously injured as it became stuck in the grille while the car was still moving.

Speaking to the ABC, the driver Loren Davis said:

"I didn't see the koala until my headlights found it but I couldn't change lanes because another car was there [on the inside lane].

"I slammed my brakes on but another car was behind me, so there was no choice but to hit the koala."

Ms Davis said she stopped after both cars had passed but couldn't find the koala in the dark. 

"I drove home, feeling upset that I'd killed a koala.

"Once I got home and pulled into the garage I turned on the light to see the damage.

"I turned around, saw a koala and just screamed."

Thinking the kola was dead she ran inside to tell her family.

"When they called out and said, 'he's alive', I was teary, thinking of this poor koala in the front of the car."

Eventually there were able to push a blanket underneath the koalas arm who then used it to pulled himself out.

"We backed my car out and closed the garage door to let him rest in there. We didn't want him to wander off until we'd seen he was okay.

"We're calling him Bear Grylls."

This isn't the first incident of its type in Adelaide recently after a driver in the city's eastern suburbs also wound up with a koala stuck in the front of her car.

Fortunately this car also appeared uninjured and ran off after being pulled out of the vehicle.


Image via Rachel Allgood

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