November 25, 2008
under car bonnet
An Austrian motorist couldn't
work out why his Mercedes car
was "purring" along better
than normal -
until he looked under the bonnet.
Peter Hochberger discovered his neighbour's terrified moggie Luna had been perched on the engine block - for nearly a week.
Lucky Luna had survived more than 300 miles of motoring without food or water before her mewing raised the alarm.
The petrified puss had hidden so deep inside the engine that it had to be dismantled to get her out.
Mechanic Walter Doerfler, 48, said:
"I have no idea how she
got so far into the engine,
it was a major job to take parts
off so we could reach her."
Amazingly she escaped with just some minor singes to her fur and is now back with her family in Ruprechtshofen, Austria, counting her eight remaining lives.
Relieved owner Erwin Taurok said:
"It is a miracle that Luna survived the odyssey without food or water almost unharmed.
We were worried about her after she didn't turn up for a week and had put up posters with her picture -
we are delighted to have her back."