BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A bobcat is recovering at the Wildlife Center of Virginia after being hit by a car and getting stuck in its grill for a 50 mile trip on Thanksgiving.

Richmond Animal Care and Control says a woman hit the animal in Gloucester on her way to work in Richmond.

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She didn’t know what she hit, however, and kept driving. When she parked, she found that it was a bobcat, and that the animal was still alive, and lodged in the grill of her car.

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A police officer and a representative from Richmond Animal Care and Control sedated and freed it, taking it to the wildlife center to recover from the ordeal.

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