Bear Takes Toyota Prius for a Test-Drive, Totals it
Apologies for the terrible Photoshop job... Image: Nissan's LEAF ad + Prius
And Now for Something on the Lighter Side of News...
Nissan might have trained polar bears in its ads (see below), but Toyota has wild bears in its hybrids. Unfortunately, it seems like the Prius hybrid's controls aren't quite as intuitive for bears as they are to humans, so the bear ended up destroying most of the interior, putting the car into neutral and driving it into a neighbor's house. See the details below.
It was 3:30 a.m., and Brian McCarthy was fast asleep when a bear took his 2002 Toyota Prius for a test drive. The Pleasanton man's car had been parked in the driveway of his west Lake Tahoe cabin.
After wedging itself inside the car, the bear became stuck. Frustrated, hungry and mad, it kicked, scratched, bit and tore at the interior of the hybrid, trying to force a way out as easily as it found its way in.
In its behind-the-wheel rampage, the bear ripped open the seats, bit a chunk out of the steering wheel and damaged the Prius' gear box, shifting the car into neutral.
From the safety of the cabin, the awakened family watched helplessly as the commandeered Prius slowly started rolling out of the driveway.
"Our son was the first one who woke up, and he was watching the bear through the window," McCarthy said. "We were looking out of our bedroom window and from our view, you could look down and see the bear in the car, and its arms were just flailing all over the place, through the windows and everything." (source)
Because the driveway was at an angle, the Prius rolled down, gathering speed, jumped over a small stone wall and ended up on the front steps of a neighbor's house.
How about the bear? He eventually figured out how to escape and went back in the woods, leaving behind the hybrid's carcass.
Here's the Nissan polar bear ad if you haven't seen it before and don't get the bad photoshop job above:
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