Cat survives motorway roof trip
A cat lived up to his daredevil name after surviving a trip down the motorway on the top of a van
The black and white animal, named Kick Buttowski after the cartoon stuntman, managed to cling on to a ladder on the top of the van during the hair-raising journey from Melton Mowbray to the M69, via the M1.
The cat has now been reunited with his young owner, five-year-old Connor Russell, after his mother spotted an appeal on Facebook by vets in Leicester.
Amanda Walker, a nurse at Bell, Brown and Bentley Veterinary Surgery, said they got a phone call on Friday from a woman who said she had found a cat on the roof of a van.
Ms Walker said: "The woman sounded a bit embarrassed - as if we were not going to believe her story. She told us she had stopped off at a garage on her way back to Leicester and found a cat on her roof.
"She said she had got a few flashes from motorists as she was travelling along the motorway so pulled over to see if there was anything wrong with her van. When she got out she found the cat clinging onto the roof."
The nurse said Kick, who was uninjured, was very relaxed when he arrived at the vets.
She said: "He was in a better state than we'd expected. We thought he would be very distressed but he was very relaxed. He was wide-eyed but very friendly.
"The woman said he looked terrified when she found him on the roof of her van. We just can't believe he managed to cling on for that long."
The vets put a picture of the cat on their Facebook page, appealing for its owner to come forward.
Ellise Pepper, from Melton, contacted the vets to say it was her son's cat after spotting the appeal on the social networking site.
Ms Walker said: "Connor and his mum came to pick Kick up on Saturday. He was obviously very happy to have his cat back."