Kitten claws back
SOMETIMES you need all nine lives to survive the ride on life's often bumpy highway.
This was proven last week when a tiny kitten was found in a hollow between two semi-trailer carriages in Mackay.
NQX Freight Systems truck driver Kris Gilmore found the exhausted three-week-old kitten after he finished a four-hour, 350-kilometre trip from Rockhampton.
Mr Gilmore said he heard squealing near the trailer and found the tiny kitten beneath the truck's turntable ? just one metre from the truck's brakes and tyres which were travelling at speeds up to 110km/h.
''It would have been really hot in there with the heat from the road as well ? she was less than a metre from the ground,'' Mr Gilmore said.
It was unknown how the kitten ended up in the truck.
Mr Gilmore whisked the kitten home where it was fed and mothered before an examination by a vet.
A spokeswoman for the vet said the cat was dehydrated and ''very lucky to be alive''.
But the future for this well-travelled feline looks bright.
Now being cared for by RSPCA volunteer carer Jean Wilkinson, the kitten will soon go home to Mr Gilmore's mother.