A hardy coyote named Vern is once again back home in the wild just months after defying the odds by surviving an accident that easily could have claimed his life.
Vern's trouble began in September when he was hit by an SUV near Waukegan, Illinois. The driver who hit him didn't see anyone in the roadway, so he continued for several miles to work. It was only once he arrived that he found the coyote wedged in a small opening near the car's front grill.
Amazingly, Vern survived the crash with just three broken legs. Still, once he was extricated from that tight spot and sent to Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation Center to recover, rescuers weren't sure he would make it - but Vern proved to be a fighter.