Mike Sugden finds four week-old-kitten in engine bay of his car

York Press: Mike Sugden with the kitten which was found in the engine compartment of his car and who has now been christened Bluebell Mike Sugden with the kitten which was found in the engine compartment of his car and who has now been christened Bluebell

WHEN Mike Sugden heard a squeaking noise coming from under the bonnet of his Citroen Picasso, he immediately feared a costly repair bill.

Instead, he ended up with a new pet – after mechanics at his local garage fished out a hideaway, in the form of a four-week-old kitten, from the engine bay.

It’s thought the kitten, which Mike and partner Katrina Hunt have taken in and named Bluebell, endured a chilly 35-mile trip from Murton, near York, to the couple’s home in Willerby, near Hull, after stumbling into a warm place to take a nap.

Mike, 54, had parked at The Yorkshire Museum of Farming, where he is a member of the Derwent Valley Light Railway, while he lent a hand at a Christmas show.

He said: “Driving back, I heard a squeaking noise. I’d also been having problems with a headlight, so I thought I’d take the car in to the garage. When the bonnet was popped up I made out a tiny, little head – not much bigger than a golf ball really – in the engine bay.”

Mechanic Phil Johnson, of David Johnson's Motor Engineers in Hull, said: “As I was bending down to look at the headlight I heard a definite meow.

“I turned to Mike, who was stood next to me, and said ‘Is that your phone?’ Some phones these days have weird text alerts.

“We then looked down and saw this cat sat on the gea box, under the bonnet. It seemed quite happy. I went to pick it up, but it crawled further into the engine bay.

"Eventually, with a bit of help from the lads, I managed to coax it out and I grabbed it by the tail, before it crawled further into the chassis.”

The mystery was solved when Mike spoke to museum staff.

“One of them told me a little black kitten had climbed up his leg a day or two earlier and he’d put it near a pile of wood, close to where I had parked,” said Mike.

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5:35pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

Lucky to survive. Most cars these days have a catalytic converter...
Lucky to survive. Most cars these days have a catalytic converter... Ignatius Lumpopo

4:57am Fri 13 Dec 13

Magicman! says...

Aww poor thing.
If that's a fully black (ie no flecks, brown bits, or spots) cat then technically it is seen as a pedigree.

Black cats can bond very well to its owners if you're willing to put the effort in to start with. I did with an undernourished cat that wandered into my garden one day looking for food and shelter, for a good few weeks she was incredibly nervous of sudden noises, slightly raised voices, or if I moved a bit quickly near her - but once she decided I wasn't a threat she just followed me around everywhere like a shadow, even sitting on the PC keyboard because she wasnb't close enough on the bed.... or if I was out on the bike, she'd hear me from 2 streets away and run on the pavement alongside to beat me home.... Black cats often get overlooked, but they make nice companions.
Aww poor thing. If that's a fully black (ie no flecks, brown bits, or spots) cat then technically it is seen as a pedigree. Black cats can bond very well to its owners if you're willing to put the effort in to start with. I did with an undernourished cat that wandered into my garden one day looking for food and shelter, for a good few weeks she was incredibly nervous of sudden noises, slightly raised voices, or if I moved a bit quickly near her - but once she decided I wasn't a threat she just followed me around everywhere like a shadow, even sitting on the PC keyboard because she wasnb't close enough on the bed.... or if I was out on the bike, she'd hear me from 2 streets away and run on the pavement alongside to beat me home.... Black cats often get overlooked, but they make nice companions. Magicman!

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