A black kitten was lucky to be alive after being stuck in a truck engine for nearly 300 miles.
The driver of the truck was pulled over for a cell phone violation in Sugar Grove, Illinois, when meowing was heard coming from the engine. The driver said that he had been listening to the noise since he left Wisconsin, and said he didn’t have a cat when the police officer asked. The officer then asked the driver to shut off the engine and pop the hood. The officer checked the engine and found the kitten clinging to the air filter. She had been stuck inside for the entire four-hour, 284-mile trip from Tomah, Wisconsin, to Sugar Grove.
The kitten, who was named EB for “engine block,” was taken to Kane County Animal Control, whose staff described her as spunky and attention loving. Other than ear mites, EB was completely healthy.
“She has a lot of energy and is very playful,” the staff said. “She has also been around small dogs.”
Robert Sauceda said Animal Control was flooded with phone calls about EB since Officer Kevin Forest brought her in on May 25. KCAC posted a picture of EB on its Facebook page on June 7, and less than a week later, she was adopted.
“We got to be picky and pick the family I think she wanted to be with,” he said. “She warmed up to them right away.”
Sauceda added, “We’re happy. She was the first cat I ever really warmed up to. When she came in, she was scared and stayed in my office most of the time. I’m glad she went to a good family who’s gonna love her for years.”
Sauceda said that EB’s new family has hinted that they will keep the name she was given and start a Facebook page chronicling her new life.
[Photo courtesy of Kane County Animal Control]