A plucky kitten was rescued TWICE in one day – when he was found abandoned in a street in a box, then from a car engine just minutes later!

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The eight-week-old ginger and white cat was found abandoned by a member of the public in a box, along with four littermates, in Randal Street, Nottingham today (Thurs 10 August).

The member of the public picked up the box and was walking towards the RSPCA’s Nottingham branch, in Hyson Green, when one of the kittens jumped out of the box – and straight under a parked Vauxhall Astra.

Staff from the branch tried to get him out, but he had climbed inside the car engine.

Jo Maddock, manager of the branch, said: “We tried to coax him out but with no luck, so we called an RSPCA officer to see if she could help us. It quickly became clear that we needed more help as the kitten had got himself stuck right in there. We thought about jacking the car up but we were concerned about crushing him as the gap he managed to cram himself into was tiny.

“We are on a busy road and we didn’t want to risk him being spooked and running out in front of the traffic, so the fire service were called.”

The fire crews carefully jacked up the car but it soon became clear that they weren’t able to free the kitten without taking off one of the car’s wheels.

“Thankfully this worked and he was safely released,” said Jo. “He was a little shocked – and very dusty – by the ordeal but other than that he was fine and we were able to reunite him with his littermates.

“The kitten has now been named Astra, after the car he was rescued from. His littermates, three brothers and a sister, have also been named after Vauxhall cars – Victor, Nova, Adam and Viva.

“The fire service were great and we’d like to thank them and the lady whose car Astra took refuge in,” said Jo.

They have been checked over by a vet and will be going into the RSPCA’s care.

Jo said: “It is a reminder of why we do what we do – this job is never boring! We really wanted to get Astra out safely and now he can look forward to going to a lovely new home when he is old enough.”

The RSPCA’s Nottingham branch will soon be opening a new charity shop in Eastwood, where money raised will go towards the rehabilitation of animals like Astra. The shop is currently in need of donations. If you’d like to donate items, please contact the branch on 0115 978 4965.