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On my way home from work today I thought I'd take the "back roads" and enjoy the relaxed pace that these roads allow. My daily round trip commute is 150 miles, and I use a lot of super slab doing it, so today's venture on the country roads was a much needed treat. That was until I found myself running over a beaver that darted out from the tall side grass and ran smack into my front wheel path. I had no time to do ANYTHING except tighten up my arms and shoulders and I squeezed the tank hard with my legs without even thinking about it. "THUMP" is all I heard and it was followed by what I swear was a loud scream from the little guy. I heard this even over my ear plugs, full face helmet, and engine sound. :thumbdown:

I did not look in the mirrors, I just stared ahead trying to keep things cool. I was surprised how "little" the bike moved as this was no small animal I hit, it was about the size of a well feed house cat. Only after a minute or two did I realize I was still gritting my teeth, hard, and had to tell myself to relax.

Just thought I'd share my little story, this could have really ruined my three day weekend.

Stay safe out there.
 

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are you sure it was not a woodchuck? looks like a beaver without as flat a tail.

you see a ton of them by the road, i think that they are trying to oust squirrels as the most run over animal in the midwest!
 

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are you sure it was not a woodchuck?

It might have been a Woodchuck. I only got a quick moments glance at it, but it absolutely could have been a Woodchuck. I feel bad for little dude, but I'm happy I stayed upright.

Strangely enough, I've been seeing more and more animals where they don't belong (depending who you talk too). The Woodchuck (or beaver) was in the right spot, but just at the wrong time. But I've been seeing dead deer in some CRAZY places lately. Like WTF, I think to myself "How did that deer get hit HERE?" Just this morning I seen three deer outside the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH. For those people familiar with the area they would know this is pretty odd. :confused: Like, where did they come from, and where are they headed? Maybe they were standing on the only patch of grass within miles. And all those cars moving soooo fast.... :headbang:
 

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are you sure it was not a woodchuck?

It might have been a Woodchuck. I only got a quick moments glance at it, but it absolutely could have been a Woodchuck. I feel bad for little dude, but I'm happy I stayed upright.

Strangely enough, I've been seeing more and more animals where they don't belong (depending who you talk too). The Woodchuck (or beaver) was in the right spot, but just at the wrong time. But I've been seeing dead deer in some CRAZY places lately. Like WTF, I think to myself "How did that deer get hit HERE?" Just this morning I seen three deer outside the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH. For those people familiar with the area they would know this is pretty odd. :confused: Like, where did they come from, and where are they headed? Maybe they were standing on the only patch of grass within miles. And all those cars moving soooo fast.... :headbang:
no kidding.. last year we had a fricken black bear downtown flint, mi.
 

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You would have noticed if it was a beaver. It would have been wearing red and white and been smoking a doobie while trying to hitch a ride.

I vote woodchuck.

A few years back in Australia, I ran over a wombat. Think linebacker woodchuck. I was surprised how easily it squished. I barely felt anything (except for the guilt - they're a protected species).

I never like it when something animate goes under my wheels.
 

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Strangely enough, I've been seeing more and more animals where they don't belong (depending who you talk too). The Woodchuck (or beaver) was in the right spot, but just at the wrong time. But I've been seeing dead deer in some CRAZY places lately. Like WTF, I think to myself "How did that deer get hit HERE?" :headbang:
Imagine what the animals are saying about us!
 

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Imagine what the animals are saying about us!
Exactly what I was thinking. It's not that animals are moving into places they don't belong -- it's humans moving into places where animals already lived.
 

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I "ran over" a little "beaver" this morning, in fact I "ran over" it three times :jawdrop:

The "beaver" so loved it it kept "coming" back for more :yikes:

Tenacious little animals these "beavers" can be at times :green_lol:
 

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You would have noticed if it was a beaver. It would have been wearing red and white and been smoking a doobie while trying to hitch a ride.

I vote woodchuck.

A few years back in Australia, I ran over a wombat. Think linebacker woodchuck. I was surprised how easily it squished. I barely felt anything (except for the guilt - they're a protected species).

I never like it when something animate goes under my wheels.
I think you must have run over a baby one at that rate.

Full grown wombats can run to 40kg+ [90 lbs+].

Years ago I saw a Kenworth prime mover pulling a 40' pantech [tractor/trailer in USA speak] with the front axle torn out and the front left hand wheel [springs and all] back under the left hand fuel tank.
Hit one dead on and it definitely does not squish :fineprint:
 

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You would have noticed if it was a beaver. It would have been wearing red and white and been smoking a doobie while trying to hitch a ride.

I vote woodchuck.

A few years back in Australia, I ran over a wombat. Think linebacker woodchuck. I was surprised how easily it squished. I barely felt anything (except for the guilt - they're a protected species).

I never like it when something animate goes under my wheels.
Must have been a baby one, my wife hit one with a Toyota Camry and the insurance company wrote the car off due to the amount of damage. She couldn't run over it as it was too big!!!!!! For those who don't know what a wombat is have a look at the picture below, I think this one may be a male.

 

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Must have been a baby one, my wife hit one with a Toyota Camry and the insurance company wrote the car off due to the amount of damage. She couldn't run over it as it was too big!!!!!!
Might well have been a baby but it looked sizeable to me. I was in an early 80s Falcon and it came up out of the ditch as I was going by. I was lucky not to hit it head on - it went straight under the right-side front and rear tires. That car later suffered more damage as a result of a kangaroo. That took out the grill, headlight and crumpled the fender and hood. The rad, luckily, was okay.

Fun days.
 

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You would have noticed if it was a beaver. It would have been wearing red and white and been smoking a doobie while trying to hitch a ride.

Thats harsh dude..... :biggrinjester:
 

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Must have been a baby one, my wife hit one with a Toyota Camry and the insurance company wrote the car off due to the amount of damage. She couldn't run over it as it was too big!!!!!! For those who don't know what a wombat is have a look at the picture below, I think this one may be a male.

The one pictured there is a young one, when full grown one person can't lift a Wombat.

Think "pig on short legs" gives some idea of them :green_lol:
 

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You would have noticed if it was a beaver. It would have been wearing red and white and been smoking a doobie while trying to hitch a ride.

I vote woodchuck.

A few years back in Australia, I ran over a wombat. Think linebacker woodchuck. I was surprised how easily it squished. I barely felt anything (except for the guilt - they're a protected species).

I never like it when something animate goes under my wheels.
A wombat that squished ????
Must have been a baby as most wombats I see are built like brick shite houses,and hitting one on a bike would give ya about the same result.A tank on legs is a wombat:mrgreen:
 
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