A 5 week old kitten defied the odds of surviving a 55 mile journey hanging on the undercarriage of a pickup truck.
Telecommunications engineer Dwayne Ofoeme told the BBC he discovered the cat, which was christened Ringo, after making the long journey from Liverpool to Newcastle-under-Lyme in the UK on Monday.
Ofoeme said that as soon as he and his colleagues stopped the vehicle at the end of the ride, they “immediately heard meow”, but initially assumed that “it was just a cat under the van”.
Upon closer inspection, he realized that the noise was coming from under the van, where he quickly spotted a small kitten hanging from the back of the vehicle.
“I couldn’t believe it,” he told the BBC. “He was really scared and I tried for a long time to reach him but he just didn’t want to go out so we decided to call the RSPCA [Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals]. “
An RSPCA inspector was called in to help coax the young cat.
The RSPCA says the 1.3lb kitten likely climbed in the back of the van when he left Aigburth in Liverpool on Monday.
Although he’s a bit fatter than usual, the animal charity says Ringo “was fine” all things considered. RSPCA Inspector Jackie Hickman said: “His little paws were fat and he was extremely hungry, but otherwise healthy.”
Extremely vocal chat despite his small size, Hickman said Ringo’s survival defied logic. “How he managed to hang on to the undercarriage of the pickup truck for so long, I’ll never know,” she said.
Ringo has been examined by a vet and is not considered a wildcat, which means that somewhere there is a young mother and a family who is missing a young kitten.
Hickman urges anyone who is missing a pet to get in touch.
Ofoeme is just happy to hear that Ringo came out of his ordeal unscathed, telling the BBC that he “was such a character” and that he and his colleagues are “so happy that he is doing well”.
Newsweek has contacted the RSPCA for comment.
Ringo’s story comes a week after another cat, named Trudie, celebrated the discovery of a new home forever, less than a year after being hit by a bus in a collision that left her blind in one eye and in desperate need of life-saving surgery.
Before that, a cat missing and presumed dead for more than a decade had been reunited with its owner after being found alive in a local cemetery.