A car had to be partially dismantled to rescue a tiny kitten which was firmly wedged in the engine compartment. Six-week-old stray Sparky’s plaintive cries were heard coming from Zoe Slocombe’s parked car in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, last Monday night.
Her father took the front of the car apart to get to the kitten. Ms Slocombe, 25, said she wrapped the kitten in a blanket and he is now being cared for by the RSPCA(Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).
She had heard the kitten’s meows from her lounge but when she went out and checked she could not find anything. She called her father and they eventually tracked the cries down to her car’s engine compartment.
“It was dark and we were doing this by torchlight, but we finally saw a tiny furry bum inside the grille,” she said. A wheel and the headlights had to come out so they could reach the kitten “but we did have to prod him a little to persuade him to wriggle free”.
After wrapping him in a blanket and giving him some food and water he was later taken to a vet. Nicknamed Sparky, the car engine kitten was “riddled with fleas, and very hissy and spitty”, Cromwell Vets practice manager Julie Eastham said.
“He is very lucky to have been found, as at his age, being alone could be dire and he is unlikely to have survived.”The surgery was “overwhelmed” by offers to re home the kitten, who they have now given to the RSPCA.