Feral kitten’s gamble with life at casino carpark pays off

2016-01-13 11:00
Getz the feral kitten can thank his lucky stars to still be alive.

Getz the feral kitten can thank his lucky stars to still be alive. (Jonathan Erasmus, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - A feral kitten’s gamble with one of its nine lives nearly came unstuck on Tuesday when it became trapped in the wheel well of a car parked at Golden Horse Casino.

Nicknamed “Getz”, the lucky ginger tabby was saved by a car washer who initially mistook the kitty’s mews for help as a ringtone.

The car, a red Hyundai Getz, hence the name, belongs to Satish Maharaj, who coincidentally won the vehicle from the same casino in 2005.

It was thanks to car washer Khethiwe Ngcamu who, once realising something was seriously wrong, alerted casino security.

“I was washing the car next to the Hyundai when I heard these strange noises. At first I thought it was a ring­tone, but it persisted. I then tried to find the source of the meowing and realised it was coming from inside the car,” she said.

KSA Security site manager Themba Mwelase said once his supervisor was informed, the staff went into overdrive to rescue the distressed kitten.

“We put an announcement over the public address system looking for the owner, and contacted the SPCA,” he said.

SPCA senior inspector Rose Stafford said she called Hyundai, asking for help, as they could not get to the kitten.

“They said they would send a technician over, but we should take off the wheel in the interim. Moments after taking the tyre off, out popped this little head,” said Stafford.

The rescue operation, which had curious armed security keeping watch, took just over 30 minutes to complete.

Hyundai’s Uys Wessels said there was no shortage of willing hands when he asked for help from the workshop.

“When we got to the scene, I realised the car we were saving the cat from was in fact one I had handed over in 2005 as a prize. We were only too happy to assist the SPCA,” said Wessels.

Maharaj admitted he was a bit shocked, but said he had no idea how or when the kitten climbed into the wheel well.

Stafford quipped that “Getz was a just a little too young to gamble”, and thanked all involved for his rescue.

• jonathan.erasmus@witness.co.za

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