Kitten finds loving home after 200 km on petrol tank

2015-03-17 00:00

A PLUCKY kitten emerged unscathed ­yesterday after a 200 km journey in the undercarriage of a bakkie.

The pint-sized feline, just four weeks old, had crawled under the wheel arch and atop the bakkie’s petrol tank, and clung on as it travelled from Empangeni to ­Durban.

The driver, who had rushed to attend a meeting in Durban, was alerted to the kitten’s plight by his co-workers when he arrived at his office and faint meows were heard from the vehicle.

However, the courageous fur ball’s trouble was worth it — she has now found a loving home.

Michelle Sinclair said the story of hope began when one of her employees arrived for their morning staff meeting.

“On Monday morning, all of our guys come for a weekly meeting and Sipho had driven from Empangeni. When he parked the bakkie, some of the other chaps heard meowing and we all went to the rescue,” she said.

“We could see the kitten, which had obviously crawled into the engine during the night looking for some warmth. Eventually we managed to coax her out and we whisked her off to the vet,” she added.

“She has been given a clean bill of health and we picked up all the necessary food for her. She also got all her inoculations so all is looking well. We have another check-up with the vet in two weeks’ time,” Sinclair said.

The business owner, in Winston Park near Pinetown, said she had warmed to the lion-hearted cat immediately.

“Cats arrive on my doorstep and have a home. We have a house full of rescue animals and she is going to fit right in. We are real suckers for animals in need.”

Pressed on a name for the kitten, ­Sinclair said she and her husband were still undecided.

“We will be taking suggestions. I was leaning towards Dusty, or Sipho after her chauffeur, but when we established she was a girl, those both went out of the window.”

Have you got any names in mind for the lucky kitten? Tweet your suggestions to @witnesskzn or post them to our ­Facebook page.

• jeff.wicks@witness.co.za

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