A lorry driver who found an injured kitten stuck inside the engine of his 44-tonne articulated lorry managed to free the frightened feline – and is hoping to take him home!
Anthony Anderson was uncoupling his lorry in Washington, in Tyne & Wear, when he heard a meowing coming from inside the vehicle.
He said: “Earlier in the day I’d been tipping the lorry in Hartlepool and saw two cats run underneath my cab. I saw one run off and assumed they’d both disappeared.
“I drove on to Washington to do the swap and heard meowing. I spent my lunch break trying to find him and get him out.
“I don’t know where he was while I was driving but I found him sat on top of the air filter box which gets very hot.
“He was really scared and when I eventually got hold of him he took a chunk out of my finger! He was so frightened.”
Anthony, who had no idea poor little Lorri – as he’s been nicknamed by veterinary staff – was inside, had travelled for an hour and 45 minutes – or 30 miles – with the black and white kitten trapped in the engine compartment. He discovered the 10-week-old after pulling into Pattinson Industrial Estate at lunchtime on 16 October and called the RSPCA for help.
RSPCA animal collection officer (ACO) Rowena Proctor rushed little Lorri to the vets.
She said: “His front leg was badly injured, the fur and skin had all come away and it was bleeding. It was awful.
“Sadly, he had to have the leg amputated which was paid for by our Sunderland, Hartlepool & South Tyneside branch and he’s now at RSPCA Northumberland West where staff said he’s doing well on three legs.”
Lorri wasn’t wearing a collar and hadn’t been microchipped so staff are unsure where he’s come from. If he isn’t claimed then Anthony, who found him inside his lorry, has offered him a home.
He said: “He could have got his leg trapped in the drive shaft,” Anthony said. “I feel bad because I didn’t thoroughly check the lorry over before leaving Hartlepool.
“I didn’t want him to be stuck in a rescue centre for too long so we decided to offer him a home.”
Lorri, renamed Lucky by Anthony, will join him, his partner Hayley and his six-year-old daughter, Susannah-Lou, at his Hartlepool home once he is fit and well enough, and the branch have carried out all the appropriate checks.
ACO Proctor said: “Little Lorri was very lucky to survive this adventure so his new name definitely suits him! I’m so pleased that he has a new home lined up and that this rather dramatic tale has a happy ending.”
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