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Catastrophe! Kitten needs rescuing from cars three times in a day

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RSPCA, firefighters and mechanics spent hours trying to rescue a kitten who managed to get herself trapped in THREE vehicles in one day.

All three vehicles – an RSPCA van, a BMW and a VW Golf – all needed to be taken apart for the rescuers to try and reach the little kitten who evaded rescue for a number of hours.

Every time they managed to get access to her, the frightened kitten dashed under the next nearby vehicle - leaving rescuers exasperated as to how they would ever get her safety.

A van in which the kitten was hidden. Photo: RSPCA (39601480)
A van in which the kitten was hidden. Photo: RSPCA (39601480)

The drama unfolded when a member of the public contacted the RSPCA after they heard the sound of a cat meowing coming from a white VW Golf parked in the NCP car park in Church Street, Lynn, earlier this month.

RSPCA animal collection officer Naemi Kilby attended and could also hear the faint cry of a cat coming from inside the car engine. The owner of the car was located and Naemi was able to look inside the engine whereby she spotted two eyes staring back at her.

But despite her best efforts Naemi was unable to reach the kitten, who was hiding within the casing of the engine, so she called on the help of Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service who sent out a crew to assist.

A BMW in which the kitten was hiding. Photo: RSPCA (39601482)
A BMW in which the kitten was hiding. Photo: RSPCA (39601482)

Using their specialist equipment and with the car owner's permission, they set about lifting the car up and dismantling some of the body work to get to the kitten, but she still couldn’t be reached - even though they could hear her.

Specialist help was needed in order to get to the engine and so Naemi called on the help from the Kings Lynn Volkswagen garage.

Mechanics Ashley and Jack were able to finish the job in getting the body work and wheels off in order to reach underneath to the engine.

After all the effort, the kitten still couldn’t be located - but they could still hear her crying. It turned out she had somehow during the rescue slipped out from underneath the VW and ran into a nearby BMW.

Where's that darn cat! Photo: RSPCA (39601470)
Where's that darn cat! Photo: RSPCA (39601470)

Naemi said: “You literally couldn’t make it up - after more than three hours the VW had literally been taken apart so that we could try and get to this kitten, yet somehow she had alluded to us all and ran under this black BMW. I was flabbergasted!

“And then we had to start all over again in trying to trace the owner of the BMW Once they were tracked the fire service sought their permission to take apart their car.

“In the meantime there had been a change of crew by the fire service and my colleague, Animal Collection Officer Natalie Read, had turned up to help and take over as my shift had finished quite a while ago. This time we were all ready and there was no way she was going to slip past us again, so once the car was taken apart, we were all circled round ready to catch her - and she alluded us all again!

Lohse, the much-rescued kitten. Photo: RSPCA (39601476)
Lohse, the much-rescued kitten. Photo: RSPCA (39601476)

“Just as we were about to grab her she ran out and under Natalie’s RSPCA van. I will be honest, at that point I thought we are never going to get this rascal!”

So the rescuers moved on to the RSPCA van - which didn’t need quite so much dismantling as it was higher off the ground.

Natalie said: “This kitten was proving a little Houdini - but there’s no way we could leave her in any of the vehicles or alone in the middle of a busy town centre, so we just had to try again!

“The firefighters took what they needed off the van and we talked about how we would catch her. We held a tarpaulin underneath in the hope it would hinder her efforts to scramble off again once she was free. Thankfully at the exact moment she was about to make her third dash for it when the firefighter grabbed her and she was in his arms! We were all elated and popped her in the cat carrier before she made another dash for freedom.”

The kitten who has been named Lohse, was very small and between 6-12 weeks old. It was later discovered she had probably travelled to the car park in another vehicle from a farm 10 miles away!

Lohse has been signed over into the care of the RSPCA and has now been adopted by Natalie who has grown quite attached to the little lady.

Naemi added: “You literally couldn’t make it up – this was the most unbelievable rescue and it would not have been possible without the help of the firefighters and the guys from the VW garage, as well as the amazing car owners who gave permission for their cars to be dismantled to rescue this kitten. We want to thank everyone who helped so much during the day.

“The kitten was so terrified by what had happened - we had to get her - because she could have been seriously hurt or killed if she had been inside a car engine for too long while moving.

“I’m just glad that we were all able to help in her rescue and so glad that she is now safe and sound in the comfort of my colleague’s home - it really was the craziest rescue.”

Natalie added: “It really will be a day to remember, this poor little girl - now that she is safe she’s really the sweetest little thing and she’s wanting a lot of affection. It really must have been such a traumatic experience for her.”

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