From breakdown rescue to pet rescue

Hello, AA? I'm not 'feline' so good

From breakdown rescue to pet rescue

An AA member had a shock when the cause of a warning light on his dashboard turned out to be a kitten stuck in his engine.

When you see a warning light on the dashboard, it's not normally catastrophic. But an AA member from Dunston, Gateshead, did have a bit of a shock when the cause of a warning light turned out to be a kitten stuck in his engine.

Wallsend AA patrol Brian Marsh says: "The member had looked under the bonnet and hadn't spotted anything amiss but the problem became immediately apparent when I removed the engine covers and saw this little face staring back."

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"The kitten was caught in the fan belt and had managed to rip out a wire in the engine, which caused it to cut out.

"After a bit of dismantling, I was able to carefully prise him out. We wrapped him in my jumper and waited for the RSPCA.

"It was raining cats and dogs – no pun intended – so I suspect the poor thing had decided to climb into the engine bay for shelter."

Brian picked up a few scratches and bites for his troubles and had to go for a precautionary tetanus jab. Thankfully, the kitten – a tiny tabby with white face and paws – escaped with just a couple of minor cuts.

It isn't Brian's first animal rescue. He once had to dismantle a dashboard to retrieve an adventurous hamster that escaped from a cardboard box inside its owner's car.

(6 August 2013)