Heat-Seeking Cat Survives Half-Hour Car Ride
When Cerrian Griffith's colleagues said they'd heard a meowing noise coming from her car, she thought they were joking.
But then it occurred to the Anglesley, Wales, teacher that she hadn't seen her cat, Giggs, before she left for work that morning.
"I hadn't thought anything about the fact that I hadn't seen the cat," said Griffith, who works at an area secondary school. But then "my mum sent me a text to say the cat was missing."
Griffith said she immediately figured out what had happened.
"I went across the yard shouting 'puss, puss' but there was no response and I thought he must have been a goner," she said.
But then she opened the hood of her Vauxhall Corsa and "a head popped up."
Giggs was perched next to the engine.
"He was just sitting there, and I can't understand how he managed to stay there as my journey involves going around a few roundabouts and along the A55," Griffith said.
She asked the head teacher for permission to take Giggs home. "He was lovely about it, and the cat fell asleep as he was being driven home," she added.
Although Giggs is 13 years old and not in the best of health, he survived unscathed, apart from missing a couple of claws.
The harrowing experience has not made the feisty feline any wiser, though; a few days ago he was found in the engine a second time.
"My mum said she'd seen him near the car and for me to check," Griffith said. "I didn't think he'd do it again, but there he was, fast asleep.
"I've no idea how many lives he has, but that one journey must have used up at least three," she added.
An RSPCA spokeswoman said it is not uncommon for small animals to crawl beneath cars and climb up inside the engine compartment, seeking warmth and shelter during the cold winter months.
[Source: BBC News]