Kitten survives 300 miles to Cornwall base inside a car bumper

A kitten survived a 300-mile journey from Birmingham Airport trapped inside the bumper of a car.

Royal Navy helicopter pilot Lieutenant Nick Grimmer had picked up his BMW from the airport and driven it hundreds of miles to his base in Cornwall, when he heard a series of quiet meowing noises coming from his motor.

Puzzled, he called mechanics who, after gently taking the car apart, discovered the furry stowaway snuggled deep inside the bumper.

The kitten has been named Tigger by the pilot’s colleagues in the 814 Naval Air Squadron, known as the Flying Tigers, and enjoys dozing inside the pilot’s hemlet.

Kitten that was a stowaway from Birmingham to Cornwall
Kitten that was a stowaway from Birmingham to Cornwall

Nick picked up his car at Birmingham Airport and drove to the air base via Bristol and Bath. It is thought the kitten could have climbed inside the car while it was parked at the airport.

He said: “I looked in the boot, under the bonnet and climbed all over and under it and still couldn’t find what was making the noise. I called up some of our air engineers who came and helped me to start dismantling my pride and joy. On taking off the rear bumper, we were greeted by a tiny tiger-striped kitten. He must have had a long journey but remarkably is unharmed.”

“The place he has felt most comfortable is in my flying helmet, which is the only place he is able to sleep.”

Commander Brendan Spoors, commanding officer of the Flying Tigers in Cornwall, said: “We are more than happy to adopt ‘Tigger’ as a mascot. After all, it’s a tradition for Royal Naval units to have a ship’s cat.

“Took my Staffy Jess for an emergency operation, instantly I knew these are kind and loving vets.

They were extremely compassionate and immediately knew exactly what was wrong. Jess had been in the vets for 4 nights and every morning without fail I got a phone call updating me on Jess’s progress and an invitation to come and see her.

The whole time Jess was with them I had complete confidence that she was in the best hands. There is no other vets I would trust my dog with. I’d like to say a big thanks to Elizabeth and especially Christine Goddard. She really has helped so much and I couldn’t ask for anyone better to be looking after my girl”


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