Car dealer Paul Smith had been cruising to work in Colchester at 70mph but when he pulled up at the dealership he heard a strange meowing sound coming from the front of his high-performance car. He lifted the bonnet of his five series BMW and could see nothing inside but when he restarted the engine the meows began again.
Everything appeared normal when he popped the hood to take a closer look at the Cooper BMW Colchester, in Ipswich Road. But as soon as he restarted the engine, the meowing began again.
Mr Smith took his five series BMW into the workshop at the dealership and mechanic began taking the front apart in a bid to find the source of the noise. Eventually they spied the female kitten cowering behind a strengthening support bar, deep in the bowels of the high-performance vehicle.
Mr Smith, 39, of Abberton Road, Layer-de-la-Haye, said: “I think she must have got under the car and climbed in through the engine covers. I normally get home at about 7 pm and the engine stays warm for quite a while, so she probably thought it would be a cosy place to sleep.”
“My drive to work is about eight miles and includes a stretch on the A12. I couldn’t hear the meowing when I was driving along, so I didn’t realise anything was wrong until I got to work,” he added.
Workers ripped open tiny milk sachets from their coffee machine to give the kitten a drink and despite her ordeal, the tiny animal, who is black with a white bib, was soon in good spirits.
They have named her Cooper after the dealership. Mr Smith said: “We are hoping to trace the owner, but the girls here are pretty attached to it. “If no-one comes forward, we will have plenty of takers.” [via Daily Mail (UK)]