Astonishing moment a live red fox is found stuck inside a car grille

Astonishing moment a live red fox is found stuck inside a car grille Astonishing moment a live red fox is found stuck inside a car grille

An Aussie driver has shared footage of the astonishing moment he discovered a live red fox stuck inside his car grille after hitting the wild animal at 80km/h.

The man said he was travelling along a road in Virginia, on the northern outskirts of Adelaide, on Saturday night when he felt something slam into the front of his grey Hyundai.

'Y'all thought you had a bad day,' the man said as he filmed the frantic, trapped fox biting the grille in a desperate bid to escape.

He shared a series of videos on social media from a personal account called Ace Side Records, which showed the agitated animal waiting to be rescued.

Social media users urged the man to 'prop the lid' to release the animal. The driver explained that he did but 'couldn't even see him through the bonnet'.

Others suggested he 'pull the bumper off'.

He captioned a third video, 'Things get a little bit more intense with the escape plan', as he explained that an emergency vet was on the way.

In the final video he showed a team beginning to sedate the fox.

Afterwards, many people were genuinely curious about the animal's wellbeing.

'The vet sedated him and we got him out safely but I am not sure what happened after that,' the video poster said.

The clips have attracted almost a million views and hundreds of comments.

'How does this even happen?' one person asked.

'Ask him what did the fox say!' another joked.

'Insurance would never believe you if you didn't have that video,' a third person commented.

According to the latest research by insurance provider AAMI, animal collisions have increased by 22 per cent year-on-year.

The report revealed that 54 per cent of Australian drivers have been involved in an animal collision and more than 40 per cent of drivers don’t pay attention to wildlife warning signs.

AAMI Motor Claims Manager Leah James urged drivers to slow down.

'To avoid a collision with wildlife, slow down when you see warning signs, scan the road ahead, and use your peripheral vision to keep an eye on the edges for wildlife feeding, or about to cross,' she said.

'Paying attention to wildlife signs may not prevent an animal collision from happening, but it will help you start preparing so you're less likely to swerve in shock.'

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