Grizzly Locked in Toyota

You’ve probably seen some vehicles that were trashed roll through your lube bays. But you probably haven’t seen anything quite like this. There are no scratches on the outside of the vehicle, but it is totaled. Why? A grizzly bear was locked inside.

“A man in Waterton, Canada, came out to find the inside of his 18-month-old Platinum Edition Toyota Sequoia trashed.

A grizzly bear had somehow got a door open and, once inside, got trapped when the door shut behind him. (Best guess is the wind blew it shut.)

All the door panels were ripped off; the headliner was torn to pieces; and all the headrests, leather seats and dash were shredded. The steering column was twisted sideways. Two of the six airbags went off; the other four were ripped to pieces.

You can imagine a trapped grizzly being hit with an airbag in an enclosed space must have figured he was in for the fight of his life. When the bear ripped off the door panels, he clawed all the wiring harnesses out. According to Toyota, every wire he pulled or clawed at resulted in bells, voices or sparks.

To add insult to injury, the bear left some scant behind in the back of the SUV before it broke out the rear window and escaped.

Fish and Wildlife Officers have inspected the damage and figure it was a three-year-old bear. They are also testing DNA from blood left behind.

The vehicle has been written off. It cost more than $70,000 new, and mechanics stopped counting repairs at $60,000.”

Take a look at the photos…they speak louder than words.

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