Cat survives 150-mile journey after being trapped in engine

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Darcy looks out from the engine compartment of a Mercedes Benz. RSPCA UK photo.


A cat is lucky to be back home after he was trapped in a car engine for three days – and survived a 150-mile journey.

Darcy is thought to have taken shelter from the rain under the Mercedes Benz and somehow got trapped in the engine bay.

The owner of the car made the startling discovery when she took her car to the garage. She’d just returned from a trip from Cannock, in Staffordshire, UK to Manchester – a round-trip of 150 miles.

Staff at Fix Auto in Crossfield Industrial Estate, Lichfield, first became aware something was amiss when the car’s owner reported its engine warning light had come on and yet there were no instant sign of a problem.

After a test drive, they noticed a strange burning smell rising from under the hood and then, on closer inspection, discovered fur wrapped around the engine’s alternator. Fearing the worse, it was then they noticed two eyes glaring at them.

Staff then called the RSPCA and Inspector Kate Levesley arrived to help with the rescue.

It’s a miracle he survived

Lee Langley, Fix Auto Lichfield’s technician who discovered four-year-old Darcy, said: “The poor thing looked absolutely petrified. Who knows how long he’d been stuck in there.

“We immediately brought the car in after the owner reported a problem, that was just before close on that Saturday afternoon (August 8). We 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, Christine Evans, of Cannock, said she was thrilled to get Darcy back after he’d been missing for three days.

She said: “We think he took shelter under a car when it was raining and somehow he got stuck.

“I spoke to the owner of the car, who’s a neighbor, and she said she’d driven to Manchester and back that day. It was while she was driving that she noticed the warning lights coming on.

“Darcy’s absolutely fine other than he’s got a bald patch on his tail. When he got back home he acted as though nothing had happened. We’re so happy to have him back.”



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