Written by Alisa Mullins
A cat miraculously survived being
trapped in the engine of a car during a 200-mile trip. The cat was
discovered when the driver of the car stopped at a rest stop after smelling
something burning. With the help of a passing police officer, the driver was
able to free the cat, who was wedged in the engine compartment and had suffered
burns to his right side.
The terrified cat was rushed to a
veterinarian, underwent surgery, and is expected to recover. A search is now on
for the cat's guardian, but if no one steps forward to claim him, he will be
put up for adoption.
This cat's story is unusual only in
that he survived. Every winter, countless cats are injured and killed when they
crawl inside engine compartments, seeking warmth, and are slashed by fan blades
when the unsuspecting driver starts the car.
Help prevent a tragedy by always
banging on the hood of your car on cold days before starting it. And as always,
keep your cats safely indoors—and urge your neighbors to do the same.
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