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A Cat Rides 29 Miles — Stuck in the Engine of a Pickup Truck

The driver didn't know the cat was there; but once he stopped, people heard meowing.

Michael Leaverton  |  Jul 6th 2015


A cat took a 29-mile road trip from Pennsylvania to New Jersey on Thursday in a most dangerous place: the engine of a pickup truck. Once the driver arrived at his destination — his place of work at the Mars Chocolate North America plant in Hackettstown, New Jersey — employees there noticed a meowing coming from under the hood.

Making chocolates would have to wait. They called police.

Together, the town’s public works department and Mars employees set about freeing the cat “from the fan blades,” according to the AP, which occurred in short order. The cat, however, didn’t stick around to thank his rescuers. He took off. Bolted into the surrounding environs of a Mars chocolate factory.

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Fortunately, police quickly caught the cat and took him to animal control. We don’t know how the cat got himself into the fan blades of a pickup truck, but we’re happy he’s okay. He’s up for adoption Hackettstown Animal Control Shelter, and once Mars heard about the cat, the company offered to sponsor the adoption fees and offer a year’s supply of food and treats, according to WFMZ.

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“Wow! We’re happy to hear this little feline is okay,” the company wrote on Facebook. “A big thanks to the Mars Chocolate North America associate who heard the cat meowing in the truck’s compartment, and the local authorities who helped to free it. Mars Petcare is happy to cover the adoption costs and will be providing a year’s supply of food to help find him a forever home.”

Cats often seek refuge under cars or inside engine compartments, especially during cold weather. You can help prevent feline stowaways by knocking on the hood of your car before you start it.

Via the AP

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