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Stowaway kitten travels 40 miles trapped under a car’s bonnet

A stowaway kitten went on a 40 mile journey trapped under a car's bonnet before being discovered and rescued

Firefighters had to rescue the nine-week-old baby (Picture: SWNS)

A lucky kitten was rescued after travelling a fair distance in the engine of a car, after getting stuck under the bonnet.

The driver of the car was on the road for more than an hour before he heard meowing coming from the vehicle and stopped.

After lifting the bonnet she discovered the tiny two-month-old kitten trapped inside.

When the motorist found the source of the little voice, she called firefighters, who rushed to free the kitten shortly before noon on 9th July.

The baby moggy made it all the way from Uckfield to Pulborough, both in Sussex, before being discovered.

Brian Cook, retained Watch Commander at Billingshurst Fire Station, says: ‘When the lady got out of her car there was no mistaking that there was something in the bonnet of the car that there shouldn’t be there.

CM Andrew Buddle with the kitten (Picture: West Sussex FRS/SWNS)

‘Not being able to see anything underneath there though, she called for help. When we arrived, we also couldn’t see any sign of anything under the bonnet, but we could definitely hear the little chap.’

The firefighters managed to create a bit of space underneath the engine, so the little black kitten could wriggle free.

‘He was so surprised by his new found freedom he launched himself out of the engine bay entirely and made a beeline for a nearby hedge,’ says Brian.

Sadly, the kitten’s original owners haven’t yet been found (Picture: West Sussex FRS/SWNS)

‘Fortunately, the crew were able to track him down in the undergrowth using one of the thermal imaging cameras kept on the fire engine, but getting him to come out proved more difficult.

‘Crew manager Andrew Buddle then had the idea of playing a YouTube video of a mother cat meowing, which lured him out and we were able to catch him before he could bolt any further.’

The crew took the kitten to Arun Veterinary Group in Storrington where he will be checked over and efforts made to reunite him with his owner.

‘Being only nine weeks old, the kitten isn’t microchipped, so identifying his original owner is going to be difficult,’ adds Brian.

‘But this already very lucky kitten need not worry, as his unwitting chauffeur has already said that if his owner can’t be found, she will gladly provide him with a new home.’

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