Kit­ten puts the purr into owner’s en­gine

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Chris Smith

The purring from a Stan­more Bay res­i­dent’s car en­gine wasn’t quite what it seemed.

More like a plain­tive miaow, re­ally.

But luck was on the side of one lit­tle six-week-old kit­ten which got into Greg van der Walt’s Honda Ac­cord mo­tor – and sur­vived a long drive.

Greg was fix­ing the car with a mate from Sil­verdale on Mon­day when the way­ward mog­gie must have climbed into the en­gine bay.

He drove around Mon­day night and Tues­day and could hear the miaow­ing but thought it must be com­ing from out­side the car as he could see noth­ing in his ve­hi­cle.

Late Tues­day night the penny dropped and Glen re­alised the sound was com­ing from a plas­tic air­fil­ter in the en­gine.

Vet Hay­ley Lov­ing from Dairy Flats Vet­eri­nary Clinic was able to ex­tract the kit­ten safely with fore­ceps af­ter Greg had taken the bumper off his car. It had crawled into a small hole, barely 50mm across, and then got stuck around a u-bend.

“The kit­ten was ini­tially very shocked but is now in great shape,” says Hay­ley.

A few days later, af­ter be­ing nursed by Cathy Shan­non at the vet clinic, the owner of four great danes, a labrador, and three other cats came in, im­me­di­ately fell in love with the kit­ten and took him home.

Named Gizzmo, the kit­ten now lives on a Dairy Flat lifestyle block with Mike Ruther­ford and wife Krys­tena who loves her new fam­ily ad­di­tion.

Tight fit: The kit­ten got inside this small plas­tic air fil­ter.

Gizzmo: Greg van der Walt of Stan­more Bay found the way­ward kit­ten in his car en­gine.

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