Kitten stows away under hood of car from Mass. to Conn.

Published: Aug. 29, 2017 at 5:40 PM EDT
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"Stunned! I couldn't believe it. I just couldn't believe it," Paul Zine said.

Zine is still scratching his head and staring under his hood, trying to figure out how a 4-month-old stray kitten wound up a stowaway there.

"You've gotta figure that-- 105 miles at highway speed. That little thing was in my engine compartment," Zine marveled.

That's right. The kitten, that was probably seeking the heat of the engine the night before, traveled all the way from Natick, Massachusetts, to Wallingford, Connecticut. Zine had no idea the cat was there until he arrived at his relative's Toyota dealership to get an oil change.

"The service manager comes out to me and says to me, 'Do you have a cat?' I said, 'No. I don't have a cat.' He says, 'Does your neighbor have a cat?' Then I was confused," Zine said. "I said, 'Naw, I don't know, I don't know. Why?'"

Turns out when the service technician opened the hood, he saw a cat!

"I didn't know if it was alive or not, then its head moved and it looked at me," Technician James Hastings said. "We ended up spending a good 20 minutes chasing the cat around the shop before we were able to a hold of him."

Hastings didn't want the cat to wind up in a shelter, so he took him to the vet and then he took him home. He named him Tacoma-- as in Toyota's toughest truck.

And while Zine is more of a dog person, he's relieved this little kitten had enough lives to hitch himself to Connecticut and a forever home.

"It was a miracle," Zine said. "It really was a miracle."

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