Wednesday, 23 October 2013

The 70 miaows purr hour cat: Feline survives trip on motorway on top of van’s roof rack

When van driver Helen Stevens was flashed on the motorway, she thought there might be something wrong.

There was. A wide-eyed black and white cat was clinging to her Ford Transit’s roof rack.

It had travelled for 35km (22 miles) as she drove down the M1 in Leicestershire, hitting speeds of 70mph. ‘The van was carrying stepladders and the cat was clinging on for dear life,’ said Ms Stevens. ‘He was terrified. It must have got on at a petrol station when we stopped in Melton and we’d already gone all the way down the M69 and the M1.’

Ms Stevens, 30, of Wigston, near Leicester, took the feline hitcher to a veterinary clinic where he was found to be uninjured.

The vets put out an appeal online that was spotted by Ellise Pepper, mother of Kick Buttowski’s owner, five-year-old Connor Russell.

Connor, from Melton Mowbray, who has been reunited with the stowaway, said: ‘He held on and he didn’t fall off, but I bet he was scared.’

Mrs Pepper, 25, said: ‘He’s never done anything like this before, although he does hate to be on his own.’

In case you were wondering, Kick is named after a daredevil TV cartoon character.

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