‘Miracle kitten’ survives 30-mile journey lodged in frame of car

‘Miracle kitten’ survives 30-mile journey lodged in frame of car

A nine-week-old kitten that got wedged into the frame of a car somehow escaped with only minor scrapes despite travelling nearly 30 miles before the driver realised she was there.

The driver of the Honda Accord heard strange noises when he set off from Lexington, Kentucky, on Thursday morning, but did not discover the source until stopping at a restaurant in Frankfort after a journey of around 30 miles.

(Midas of Frankfort)
(Midas of Frankfort)

Luckily Hardee’s is next door to a car repair shop, Midas of Frankfort, so staff called across to store owner Scott Bourne.

Mr Bourne told PA: “I found the kitten with her head stuck in a hole in the subframe and she couldn’t get out. She was literally lodged in there.”

Mr Bourne set about working to free the kitten, with the help of technician Steve Kegley and a local firefighter, Kris Nelson, who happened to be in the shop.

They spent about an hour working to remove the subframe from the car, before being faced with the issue of how to get the kitten out.

“We got some foam soap and soaped up her neck,” Mr Bourne said. “We twisted her and moved her around.

(Midas of Frankfort)
(Midas of Frankfort)

“Finally we got her out after an hour or so. She was pretty worn out.”

Remarkably the kitten – who has been named Marigold in a reference to the daughter of King Midas – was given a clean bill of health from a vet aside from a few scratches and some earmites.

Mr Bourne described her as a “miracle kitten”.

He said: “This cat should not have lived. She should not have survived.

“The position she was in – all it would have taken would have been for him to hit a bump in the wrong way and it would have done some serious damage.”

(Midas of Frankfort)
(Midas of Frankfort)

Mr Bourne is an animal lover with three cats of his own, and he dedicated himself to the task of freeing her – even turning away business to do so.

“I literally shut my shop down,” he said. “For an hour-and-a-half we did nothing but get that cat out.”

On Sunday, Marigold will move into a new home with a regular customer at Midas, but for now she is lodging with Mr Bourne.

“She is absolutely the sweetest thing,” he said. “She’s eating, she’s healthy, she’s running around.

“She’s a trip. She’s absolutely a trip.”

- Press Association

More on this topic

US police are asking criminals not to commit crime because it is too hotUS police are asking criminals not to commit crime because it is too hot

Pep Guardiola: Manchester City will learn from China shoot-out defeat to WolvesPep Guardiola: Manchester City will learn from China shoot-out defeat to Wolves

Relative calm greets early starters in final round of The OpenRelative calm greets early starters in final round of The Open

Best for baby? Pumped breastmilk under the microscope Best for baby? Pumped breastmilk under the microscope

More in this Section

Missing toddler had driven himself to local fair on toy tractorMissing toddler had driven himself to local fair on toy tractor

TripAdvisor quotes LGBT+ hits in legal threat to Straight Pride organisersTripAdvisor quotes LGBT+ hits in legal threat to Straight Pride organisers

Inquisitive baby giraffe comes face to face with young rabbitInquisitive baby giraffe comes face to face with young rabbit

In Pictures: Anti-Brexit protesters float Boris Blimp outside ParliamentIn Pictures: Anti-Brexit protesters float Boris Blimp outside Parliament


Lifestyle

Javier Cercas’s new novel, ‘Lord of All the Dead’, is as preoccupied with the Spanish Civil War, the nature of heroism, and the distortions of history as his most famous, ‘Soldiers of Salamis’, says Alannah Hopkin .Book Review: Lord of All the Dead; Soldiers of Salamis by Javier Cercas

A new study says feeding at the breast is better for baby than using expressed milk. Is it time mothers reconsidered their use of breast pumps, asks Sharon Ní Chonchúir.Best for baby? Pumped breastmilk under the microscope

More From The Irish Examiner