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article imageKitten miraculously survives 1,000-mile journey in car engine

By Leigh Goessl     Jun 26, 2013 in Odd News
Santa Barbara - A very young kitten recently made an incredible and miraculous journey. The male kitten had gotten trapped in a car engine and was rescued 1,000 miles later, only suffering minor injuries.

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A 3-week-old kitten journeyed from Oregon to Santa Barbara, Calif. The driver said she thought she heard some mewing as she left for her trip, but did not know what to do.
She continued her 1,000 miles of travel. Two days later, when the driver arrived in Santa Barbara, when she heard more mewing, she called for help.
According to NBC News, Julia Di Sieno, who has been rescuing animals for 30 years, answered the call. Di Sieno works for Animal Rescue Team, Inc.
The rescuer could not find the kitten in the Honda Fit's engine compartment, so she called for additional help. Chuck Love, of Santa Barbara's Love Towing, came to assist, reported the Examiner. Love helped lift the car so they could find the kitten's location.
The duo struggled to retrieve the kitten, but eventually found success after Di Sieno was able to sedate the kitten, who was too scared to allow humans near him. The rescue took about an hour and a half of both Love and Di Sieno trying to wiggle him out.
Di Sieno believes the kitten, who is described as being "only weeks old," either got lost or is a stray and was seeking relief from the cold.
"He was cold in Oregon and crawled into an engine compartment just seeking a warm spot," Di Sieno said, reported NBC.
While it is not certain where the kitten came from, plans are being made to find him a new home as the cat will go up for adoption once he receives some expert care.
Di Sieno named the kitten "Love" after the man who helped rescue him.
"He didn’t even charge us—just did it as a good Samaritan," she said, according to NBC.
The cat is in good health, according to media reports. Although, he did suffer a minor infection in the eye.
A 6-week-old kitten was recently found in a car engine in Ohio after traveling a long distance, ABC reported. A girl heard a cat mewing in the driveway of a neighbor. Thanks to the assistance of the 11-year-old girl and her parents, the trio was able to coax the kitten out. The family was hoping to adopt the kitten.
Just last week another kitten, five weeks old, was rescued in Suffolk County, N.Y.
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