It happened on Sunday, December 18.
Around 4 pm, Wayne Polk started driving his Eclipse truck through Ohio from Xenia to Cleveland on a business trip.
After about 200 miles and four hours, he stopped at a rest area and smelled something suspicious coming from the engine.
Polk Opened The Hood To Find A Large Cat On The Engine Compartment
When he opened his hood, he found a large black and white cat sitting on the engine compartment with the right side of his body singed. Polk has no idea how the feline ended up there, or where he came from.
The cat, whom they have named Eclipse, was taken to an animal hospital in nearby Lodi where a veterinarian said he was going to be fine.
Some Major Singeing Of His Coat
From The Daily Mail:
Medina SPCA Rescue Tech Mike Bombaris told Fox: ‘When I got there, the cat was a large cat, and I’m looking at this little small Eclipse that he was in and I just said how did you get in there.’
Dr Randall (of Cloverleaf Animal Hospital) said: ‘He’s a good cat, and as you can see he’s feeling pretty good, he has some major singeing of his coat, and he also has some burns.
‘We’re going to sedate him, and we’re going to debride his wounds, in other words remove any dead tissue that is there. I just can’t even imagine what that four hours must of been like for him.’
Cats Should Be More Careful Where They Take Shelter
The SPCA are now trying to locate the feline’s owner.
We know cats like to take shelter in warm, restricted places, so maybe we should all check under the hoods of our cars before driving, especially when it’s cold! And yes, cats do have nine lives.
You can watch video of Eclipse by clicking here.
Photo Credit: George D. Thompson