When it comes to cats and cars, the major worry is that an outside cat will dart out behind your car as you are backing out. However, for a Washington State resident, she managed to make it yet another day without any cats darting out behind her, but when she was driving down the highway at 60 miles per hour she got quite the surprise when she heard meowing coming beneath the hood.
When the driver, Washington resident Emily Bragg, pulled over she popped the hood and saw a set of feline eyes staring back at her. When she was unsuccessful in coaxing the cat out, Bragg called AAA but even after having two Washington State Troopers arrive on the scene no one could get the cat out. While the troopers called for backup, Bragg live tweeted the rescue effort, giving the cat the name "Diesel" in the process. Finally, after a tow truck arrived on the scene, the tow truck driver was able to safely remove Diesel the cat from the car engine.
"He looks a little beat up, but otherwise OK," Bragg tweeted about the tough old fellow.
At first, it was an utter mystery of how the cat got under the hood. However, the mystery got a little bit clearer when, upon closer inspection, Bragg realized that the cat was in fact Padfoot, her roommate's cat. As to how it got in there, no one knows. However, cats do a lot of amazing things that we may never fully understand.
After surviving his stressful drive down the highway, Diesel / Padfoot was reunited with his owner and given a thorough bath. The cat was checked out by a veterinarian and determined to be perfectly fine, a lucky break considering this is not the first cat to end up under a hood and many of those other stories did not have such happy endings.