Have you ever picked up a hitchhiker without realising? A cat has been discovered in the grille of a Ford Focus, and could have been stuck there for as much as 80 miles.
The family travelled from Stevenage to Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, and had no idea where they picked the cat up or how it got wedged there. They think the cat could have been lodged in the air vent for up to two days.
Luckily, the tabby was in an area without any moving parts that doesn’t heat up when the engine is running. While it could have been much worse, being stuck for that amount of time still must’ve been quite the ordeal for the cat. When it was released, it was apparently "very smelly and very hungry."
Lucy Brennan, an RSPCA inspector, was called to attend the scene. “The cat didn’t appear to be injured but he was well and truly trapped. We contacted the AA who came out to carefully dismantle the car by taking out the headlights and bumper and freeing the poor moggy.”
The cat has been named Ford by the charity, who checked him over at their Danaher centre. His tail had to be amputated, due to an existing issue and not as a result of the 80-mile trip.
If Ford isn’t claimed, he’ll be put up for adoption. He might get to stay in the family – the brother of the owner of the car wants to adopt him!