24th September 2015 | By Ray Tyler
A cat fault of a different kind.
A tabby cat survived a 150-mile journey stuck in a car engine compartment after trying to avoid the rain.
Darcy is thought to have hidden under the bonnet of the Mercedes Benz and become stuck.
The owner of the car then did a round trip from Cannock to Manchester and discovered an engine warning light flashing on their dashboard after the trip.
Staff at the Auto centre based in, Lichfield, couldn’t spot any signs of engine trouble but after taking it for a test drive, they noticed a burning smell.
They opened the bonnet and found fur wrapped around the alternator, and then two eyes staring up at them.
The RSPCA were then called to help rescue the four-year-old cat.
The garage’s technician who discovered Darcy, said: “The poor thing looked absolutely petrified. Who knows how long he had been stuck in there.
“They immediately brought the car in after the owner reported a problem, that was just before close on Saturday afternoon and they didn’t look at it until first thing on the Monday morning which is when we discovered him buried deep within the engine bay.
“He was so close to various moving parts, it’s a miracle he survived.”
Darcy’s owner who is a neighbour of the car owner said: “We think he took shelter under a car when it was raining and somehow he got stuck”
The car owner said that she had driven to Manchester and back that day. It was while she was driving that she noticed the warning lights coming on.
Darcy is absolutely fine other than he’s got a bald patch on his tail. Her owner went on to say ”When he got back home he acted as though nothing had happened. We are so happy to have him back.”
This story was found in the Birmingham MailBack to news articles