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So there was breaking news in my town yesterday: a cat got stuck in an engine… and survived!

Now, I can’t say that I’m terribly surprised that cats occasionally get stuck in engines. I mean, an engine (when it’s not running) must look like a playground to them, with all those nooks and crannies to explore. One of my old cats used to come home with grease stains on her head after roaming around outside. Of course, climbing into an engine can end very badly for kitties.

Here’s the long and the short of this incident:

“She came in and said she was getting a new battery next door and noticed her belt was off and asked if we could put the belt back on,” said Mary Moorman with Car Craft.

“They went in to take a look and saw there was a cat stuck in there – couldn’t move and couldn’t get out.”

She said the cat wasn’t moving, scared, meowing or anything.

“We had to jack up the car and take parts off from the bottom to get the cat out. We locked the cat away until the SPCA could come and take it to a vet to get it looked over.”

Moorman said the cat had a big kink in its tail and some hair was missing, but, other than that, it appeared to be OK.

This isn’t the first time an animal has been found under the hood of a vehicle, but usually they are not found alive.

It’s safe to say lucky is now down to eight lives.

Eight lives indeed.