It’s hard to say who’s more photogenic, Royal Navy pilot Lt. Nick Grimmer or his pal, Tigger, the kitten, who survived a 300-mile journey in Grimmer’s car bumper before he was rescued and became the mascot of the Flying Tigers squadron.
Now the two are featured on the 2017 calendar being sold by the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, according to a news report in the UK edition of The Sun online.
Grimmer, 32, told The Sun that he discovered the cat after driving 300 miles from Birmingham Airport to the Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose in Cornwall this past June. He heard what turned out to be the kitten purring. “I looked in the boot, under the bonnet and climbed all over and under it and still couldn’t find what was making the noise,” he said. “I called up some of our air engineers who came and helped me to start dismantling my pride and joy.”
After removing the rear bumper, he was amazed to a tiny tiger-striped kitten. “I am never late for work and was left with no option but to take my new friend in with me,” he said. “The place he has felt most comfortable is in my flying helmet, which is the only place he is able to sleep.”