Myrtle Beach fire crews rescue kitten from WBTW news car engine - WJBF-TV ABC 6 Augusta-Aiken

Myrtle Beach fire crews rescue kitten from WBTW news car engine compartment

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Myrtle Beach firefighters saved a kitten from the engine compartment a WBTW news car on Tuesday afternoon.

The tiny cat had already stowed-away in the car from News13 near Socastee Blvd to Myrtle Beach City Hall when a reporter went to cover a meeting Tuesday.

The kitten was spotted at the station on Monday, but hid from News13 workers who tried to find him.

On Tuesday, when Reporter AJ Janavel went to the city council meeting, he took a WBTW News13 Ford Focus -- not realizing the kitten from the day before was hidden away inside the engine compartment of the Focus.

As Janavel arrived at the meeting, he heard meow-ing from around the car. After parking the car, he caught a glimpse of fur under a wheel-well and heard louder cries. The kitty was so buried in the engine compartment, he wasn't visible from the top with the hood open.

The kitten needed to get out of the engine compartment -- and couldn't risk riding back to WBTW inside that area.

While Janavel went into the meeting, another WBTW worker came over to help get the cat out, but was unsuccessful despite jacking the car up and crawling underneath.

So, the cat stayed in the engine compartment for a couple of hours until Janavel and reporter Leah Mishkin both were out of the meeting.

They walked to the nearby Myrtle Beach police station, who had someone look at the situation. It was too much for animal control, so Myrtle Beach Fire and Rescue was called.

Five firefighters showed up and lifted the car higher, crawled under and grabbed the baby cat out. The cat -- very frightened -- hissed, struggled and jumped from the first fireman who grabbed him.

The kitten ran back under the car and tried to hide. Another fireman managed to grab the kitty and an animal control officer checked the kitty out.

Now, the black and white boy kitten is free. When he got back to the TV station, he ate some food and drank some water. He now needs a name.

 For now, a WBTW worker has taken the kitty home.

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