Tuesday, November 25, 2008
While this is not an everyday occurance, it does happen frequently. This is just a more extreme case. Cats tend to find warm, quiet places as it gets cool outside, and cars are a perfect (in their feline minds) place. Then, severe injuries or death can occur. Use care, and don't let your treasured inside cat outside.
Cat's week under car bonnet (hood). November 2008
An Austrian motorist couldn't work out why his Mercedes car was "purring" along better than normal - until he looked under the bonnet.
Peter Hochberger discovered his neighbour's terrified moggie Luna had been perched on the engine block - for nearly a week.
Lucky Luna had survived more than 300 miles of motoring without food or water before her mewing raised the alarm.
The petrified puss had hidden so deep inside the engine that it had to be dismantled to get her out.
Mechanic Walter Doerfler, 48, said: "I have no idea how she got so far into the engine, it was a major job to take parts off so we could reach her."
Amazingly she escaped with just some minor singes to her fur and is now back with her family in Ruprechtshofen, Austria, counting her eight remaining lives.
Relieved owner Erwin Taurok said: "It is a miracle that Luna survived the odyssey without food or water almost unharmed. We were worried about her after she didn't turn up for a week and had put up posters with her picture - we are delighted to have her back."