QOTD: Close Encounters With the Animal Kingdom
I had to come to a complete stop in the middle of a two-lane highway in upstate New York last week because a deer decided to cross the road in front of me.
Years ago, I was the passenger in a Hyundai Veloster somewhere in Oregon (or perhaps Washington state) when a deer jumped in front of us and we were millimeters from impact.
When I was in high school, a deer jumped in front of my Fox-body Mustang and I missed it by a razor-thin margin -- had I hit it, I might not be here. It was big and that car was small. Also, it was an '89, so no airbags.
I did hit a deer once, when I was in college, driving my dad's '90-something Town and Country. Glancing blow, the deer bounded off into the woods. Thankfully the hit didn't do much damage -- more damage was done when I pulled over to assess the damage and accidentally caught the drainage ditch.
Those are the deer/automobile encounters I can remember as either a driver or passenger -- and there have been plenty of times I've spotted them by the side of the road, of course.
I've generally tried not to hit animals, but youthful mistakes do happen, and I did kill a poor bunny once. And a possum ended up on the wrong side of my tires, once, too. I still feel guilty about both incidents, though I understand that it does happen even to good drivers -- animals sometimes get in our way before we can see and/or react.
So, my question to you is -- what's your track record? Have you managed to kill only the bugs that hit your windshield? Or have you provided scavengers with venison and game -- maybe even beef if you live in a place where cattle wander? Or somewhere in between?
Sound off below.
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