A tiny kitten appears to have hitched a ride from Blackpool to Merseyside by clinging on to a car’s exhaust pipe.
Covered in dirt and severely traumatized, Olaf was found dangling from underneath a Land Rover 45 miles from home on a residential street in Rainhill, near St Helens.
Luckily however, the 12-week-old kitten was microchipped, allowing pet reunion charity Harvey’s Army to reunite him with his delighted owner.
Paul Flynn, a Harvey’s Army volunteer in Liverpool, stated: “I was contacted by a lady who said her husband had noticed a cat clinging on underneath a parked Land Rover near their house.
“It was completely grey from all the dirt when I got there. All we can think is that someone came from Blackpool, perhaps to see a relative, and he was clinging on underneath.”
He went on to say: “It was amazing. At first I couldn’t believe it, but when you see the grime it was covered in too, you can’t think how else the cat would have got there.
“We don’t know who owns the Land Rover. It’s quite unusual for a kitten to be microchipped, but it beeped and we found it was registered with a vet in Blackpool.
“So they contacted the owner who was over the moon as it had been missing a few days.
“The couple who found Olaf said he was quite shaken at first, but was fine after they gave him some food, drink and a blanket.
“The owner doesn’t drive, so one of our volunteers, Laura Mayren, drove from Rainhill to Blackpool and back to drop her off.
“We are delighted we were able to assist in reuniting them. It goes to show the importance of ensuring your pets are microchipped too. We wish Olaf well for the future.”