Shonelle Royal from High Street Veterinary Surgery with a kitten that was found in the engine bay of a car.
Shonelle Royal from High Street Veterinary Surgery with a kitten that was found in the engine bay of a car. Allan Reinikka

Kitten hitched a ride in engine

WHEN a Duaringa woman drove to Rockhampton this week her engine was purring - literally.

Shortly after arriving she decided to investigate the source of a meowing noise and under the bonnet she found a six-week-old fluffy white kitten which had hitched a ride by crawling into the engine compartment.

Rockhampton's High Street Veterinary Surgery now has custody of the little cutie (pictured) after he was dropped there by the woman on Monday.

"When the lady dropped him here he was covered in grease," said the surgery's Dr Jocelyn Birch Baker.

With at least one of his nine lives down, Jocelyn said he was a lucky kitten.

"It's lucky the lady found him or he might not have survived," she said.

Jocelyn said the kitten had a very quiet nature and would be perfect for a loving family.

"We're looking for someone to adopt him," she said.

"He's a dear little thing."

But Jocelyn said adoption should not be treated as a Christmas present impulse.

"We're not keen on people just taking him as a Christmas present and then forgetting about him.

"He needs a good home," she said.

Jocelyn said that while they see a number of cases like this each year, people were becoming more responsible for their pets.

"I think now that cats are registered it's become a bigger deal to take care of them," she said.

Jocelyn urged anyone interested in taking the now clean kitten to contact their office on 4928 3566.



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