Friday 18 August 2017

Darcy the cat survives 150 mile car engine ordeal

Darcy survived a 150-mile journey trapped in the engine compartment of a car (RSPCA/PA)
Darcy survived a 150-mile journey trapped in the engine compartment of a car (RSPCA/PA)

A tabby cat has survived a 150-mile journey stuck in a car engine compartment after trying to avoid the rain.

Darcy is thought to have hidden in the Mercedes Benz and become stuck under the hood, the RSPCA said.

The owner of the car then did a round trip from Cannock to Manchester and discovered an engine warning light flashing on their dashboard after the trip on August 1.

Staff at the Fix Auto in Crossfield Industrial Estate, Lichfield, couldn't spot any signs of engine trouble but after taking it for a test drive, they noticed a burning smell.

They opened the bonnet and found fur wrapped around the alternator, and then two eyes staring up at them.

The RSPCA were then called to help rescue the four-year-old cat.

Lee Langley, Fix Auto Lichfield's technician who discovered Darcy, said: "The poor thing looked absolutely petrified. Who knows how long he had been stuck in there.

"We immediately brought the car in after the owner reported a problem, that was just before close on Saturday afternoon and 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 Lupin Drive, Cannock, 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 is a neighbour, and she said she had driven to Manchester and back that day. It was while she was driving that she noticed the warning lights coming on.

"Darcy is 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 are so happy to have him back."

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