Monday, 23 November 2015

The adventures of Phileas Mogg: Black cat travels 250 MILES underneath car bonnet

AN adventurous cat has been dubbed Phileas Mogg after an intrepid 250-mile journey trapped under the bonnet of a car.

PUBLISHED: 13:11, Fri, Nov 20, 2015 | UPDATED: 13:57, Fri, Nov 20, 2015

The unlucky black cat was driven through two counties, along motorways and even went through a car wash on his epic odyssey.

It finally took the combined efforts of the RSPCA and AA to free Phileas – named after the heroic protagonist from Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days – from his bolthole inside an Audi engine.

Although the cat did not quite circumnavigate the planet, he is believed to have endured an incredible 96-hour adventure that took him from Warmingham in Cheshire to nearby Sandbach and Wettenhall, to Bangor-on-Dee racecourse in Wrexham, to Cheltenham racecourse before being rescued in Bristol.

All that time, Phileas is believed to have been trapped under the bonnet of Colin Woodward’s Audi A4.

Mr Woodward, who lives in Warmington, near Crewe, had heard a cat meowing from under his Audi A4, thinking it was a shy feral cat which he feeds.

Before driving off, the retired farmer checked his engine with a torch but because the mewing stopped presumed the cat had gone.

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