FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) - “Kitten Alert!” said Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue in a tweet, Thursday, after one of their firefighters rescued a kitten trapped inside the engine of a car.
According to Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue, crews from Station 13 saved a kitten who wound up trapped inside of the engine block, or as they called it, a “dark and spooky engine compartment,” of a black Porsche.
David Burch had just bought the car.
“It’s an amazing car,” he said. “It handles well. It has speed when you need it, it has comfort when you want it.”
But this 2016 Porsche Cayenne had a special engine.
“Thought I heard a cat meow,” Burch said.
He initially thought the cat was outside the car, but realized he kept hearing the sound.
“It followed me wherever I went,” Burch said.
In the Galleria Mall parking lot, he popped his hood and heard the sound even louder. So he dialed 911.
“I saw a piece of the cat in there, just the fur,” said Eric Fillyaw, one of the firefighters who was part of the crew that responded.
“This can’t be for real. It’s not happening to me. I just got the car,” Burch said. “They wanted to hear it to make sure I wasn’t hallucinating.”
The crew removed dozens of bolts, panels and pieces around the twin turbo engine.
“Fortunately enough, the guy did allow us to take apart a $100,000 car.”
After nearly an hour of dismantling, they pulled out the kitten.
“It was mad,” Burch added. “It was clawing and just didn’t want to be with anybody.”
But soon after the rescue, the kitten started warming up to the rescuers, just as they started putting the car back together.
“Anything that’s got a heartbeat we try to help,” Fillyaw said.
Fillyaw will take home the kitten, now named Porsche, where his 3-year-old daughter will be the happiest one in the house.
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