[Vision2020] Caturday (April 9, 2016)

Moscow Cares moscowcares at moscow.com
Sat Apr 9 05:16:10 PDT 2016

Because it's not everyday that a kitty jumps straight into your van engine as you're going down a busy London street, let's give a hats-off to this fire brigade for rescuing this frightened little guy in just three hours after ripping the van apart.

Courtesy of the Evening Standard (London, England) at:


Busy west London road closed for three-hour kitten rescue
A busy west London road had to be partially closed this morning after a kitten got stuck in a van's engine and stayed there for three hours.

Drivers on Hammersmith Road faced delays after the cat ran in front of a British Gas engineer’s van and into a compartment of his engine at around 9am.

Charlie Goodchild, who was on his way to fix a boiler at the time, was forced to call out the RSPCA but they were unable to access the trapped animal amd needed to phone the fire brigade.

Kensington fire station watch manager Thomas Wolfe and colleagues then had to strip the van’s undercarriage in order to get the cat out, with the animal's whole ordeal lasting around three hours.

Mr Wolfe said: “It was such a tiny kitten it was quite hard to find as it had got itself right into the engine. 

“It took me about 45 minutes to locate him and get him safely out. I was relieved to see him unharmed as I handed him over to the RSPCA.”

RSPCA workers, who have named the animal Wolfie after the fireman who saved him, say he is now recuperating at their Putney animal hospital.

Mr Goodchild said: “It’s not every day that a kitten jumps into your engine. I certainly wasn’t expecting it."

“When the fire brigade lifted my van and rescued Wolfie, I was amazed and delighted that he had no marks and is as right as rain.”

The road was part-closed during the rescue, which was over at around 12pm.


Rescuers: Wolfie in Hammersmith after the three-hour operation.



Seeya 'round town, Moscow, because . . .

"Moscow Cares" (the most fun you can have with your pants on)
Tom Hansen
Moscow, Idaho
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