Skip to comments.Kitten Survives Long Trip In Car Air Filter
Posted on 06/20/2011 7:10:40 PM PDT by nickcarraway
A girl has a new pet and a mechanic has a novel story after finding a kitten trapped inside a car's air filter in Springfield, Vt.
"I brought in a car for service, opened up the hood, went to check the air filter, and saw a big ball of fur in the air filter. And it was breathing," said mechanic Jim Perry.
Perry said he's found some strange things in car air filters, but the kitten was the strangest.
"I've found mice in there. That's pretty common. But finding a little kitten? That's nothing I ever expected to find," said Perry.
The fur turned out to be a kitten, one that had taken a trip up from Connecticut wedged in air filter.
The kitten was scared and a bit stinky, but the mechanics cleaned it up and got it something to eat.
"It was pretty nervous. After a while of being out in the box, we got it some food, and now it kind of cries whenever somebody goes near it," said Perry. The animal soon found a new family with one of the autoworkers.
"I can only walk by him and hear him meow a couple times. I've got a big heart for him," said Josh Webster. "I have a daughter. She's in first grade, and her birthday's coming up. So this is what she's going to get."
Webster's daughter, Jayna, said she was ecstatic at the new friend -- named Yukon after the car in which he was stuck.
"I'm really excited. I love it," said Jayna.
Very sweet!! Cute, little kitty and adorable little girl. I love the name.. Yukon.
Sort of reminds me of when I was a kid, and I had a fish tank. Had two small zebra fish in it. I cleaned the filter about once every three months or so. One day, one of the zebra fish went missing. I couldn’t figure out how. Couldn’t have jumped out. Couldn’t have been eaten by the other. Months later, I found it alive and well in the filter. Never did figure out how it got there. It must have had a very boring 3 months.
My wife was telling me of a cat that wandered into a steel chipping container as it was being loaded in the US. When it was opened in France about 30 days later the cat was still alive. The cat had an RFID chip under its skin so they found out where it lived and shipped it home.
In the winter I always lay on the horn a little bit before I start the car. Small animals will sometimes seek shelter in a warm engine compartment.
A mechanic was telling me about a raccoon that got under the hood of a car and chewed all the wires. The owner couldnt figure out why the engine wouldnt turn over.
“Put a tiger in your tank, a kitten in your air filter box.”
Was his name Nemo?
Glad it wasn’t a wood chipper.
Adorable little grey fluffy kitty.
I had a project car I was working on. Since souping up cars is an expensive hobby, there was a period where it sat for a while. Opened the drivers door one time, and the yellow jackets that had made my side-view mirror into a nest were not happy about it.
When your air filter kitten turns dark gray, it is time to install a new white one.
Aw, how cute!
I went to the pet store a couple of years ago, and heard a car meowing. My son and I walked around, looking in the windows and so forth; my son happened to look down and see a little face peering out of a hole in the bumper.
I tried to reach in the hole, but I couldn’t pull the kitten out that way. My son reached under the bumper and managed to get a hold of the little guy.
We took him into the pet store, and a customer in line said that she knew of a no-kill shelter, and would take him there. She asked if she could hold him. While holding him, she asked if I thought he could be given a bath (he looked about 6-8 weeks old), and talked about how she wasn’t ready for another cat since hers had died a year previously.
After watching the way she cuddled that kitten, I don’t think she ever took him to the shelter...
We got my daughter a used Ford Edge last year and it sat idle for a month or so while waiting for her to get her license. We thought the battery had run down, but a squirrel had made a nest under the hood and chewed several of the wires in two. My husband repaired it with the wiring from some Christmas lights and we still haven’t taken it to the shop. Runs great!
What a great birthday present for a six year old! It did not come cheap! Pets are expensive.
Squirrels chewed the wiring harness on my car.
Squirrels chewing wiring harness bump.
Sorry, I just can’t buy this story... Not believable to me.
Since it came from CT , UCONN would be the more appropriate spelling . : )
“UCONN would be the more appropriate spelling”
Right you are!! LOL!
I don’t remember, but that would’ve been a good name.
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