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Dr Dominic Pimenta @juniordrblog
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So a pretty strange thing happened to me tonight, and in this dark #Brexit time, it might benefit Twitter to hear it. /thread
So I drove my wife to her night shift tonight (about thirty minutes each way). On the way back, I stop at ASDA to get milk for my daughter. As I’m stepping out into the car park I swear I can hear a “meow”. /2
Seriously? I’m about to head off when I hear it again.
Now I have a cat so I’m concerned there’s one around somewhere. /3
I look under the car, around the wheels, God have I run it over?!
Can’t see anything. Perhaps I’m going insane, there’s certainly enough reason to lately.
And then another, “meow”.
I think it’s coming from MY car. /4
So, slightly madly, I try to have a look into the engine. Pop the bonnet and shine a light down.
Oh shit.
There IS a cat. It’s IN my engine.
And unbelievably, it’s MY cat. /5
He’s meowing and looking up. He doesn’t seem injured. I can’t reach him. I try to get under the car- can’t see him.
I’ve just driven for an hour- he must’ve been in there the whole time.
Slightly panicked I randomly splutter to a passerby “My cat is stuck in my engine.” /6
The passerby is really sympathetic. Her name is Carol and she is a #nurse. #NursesAreAwesome. We try and jack the car up to see him better, I can actually see his tail dangling underneath. Can’t get to him. /7
Carol very sensibly suggests we call the AA or equivalent - I get on the phone to my breakdown cover. They have no idea what to tell me- he bounces it up to his manager. Try the fire brigade? /8
In the meantime Carol has amazingly gone and bought some cat supplies: a little Salmon Sheba, some meat sticks and some water. We try and tempt him out. No luck. /9
I squeeze into the car underbelly and try and get my hands round him. Can’t feel any blood or singed hair, nothing appears stuck, but he won’t budge. Getting a bit desperate now I actually do call the fire brigade. /10
Feeling ridiculous I call 999. The controller who picks up is unbelievably nice, and he even more unbelievably says “it’ll be a few minutes, an engine is on its way”. A few minutes?! /11
The engine rock up and the five-strong crew come over. They are all as nonplussed as me- no one’s ever seen this before. Max (my cat) is still meowing away. /12
After some headscratching the fire officers get to work: one calls the RSPCA just in case, another gets under the car and a third tries to remove some of the engine to get at him from above. /13
We have to go and buy some tools from ASDA, but half the air filter comes out and we can see right down on top of Max now. No injuries, he isn’t stuck, he just can’t turn around. /14
Slowly slowly we push him and then pull him back into the underbelly. With a scratch and a squeeze he’s out, and into the arms of “Trock”, one of the fire crew. He passes him back to me and with a huge sigh of relief check him over: not a scratch on him. /15
Handshakes all round, the fire crew put my engine back together and then cheerily hop back onto theirs and disappear off. Max is purring in the backseat as if nothing has happened. /16
And here he is now:
Twenty miles stuck inside a car engine and back home again, not a scratch.
He’s still going to the vet tomorrow but thank God he looks 100% fine. /17
So to summarise:
- #NursesAreAwesome
- @LondonFire are heroes of the highest order. Sorry again to waste your time.
- Good things do still happen.

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