Driver heard ‘weird noise’ in car, then Florida cops found it. And it was alive


Many of us have seen dogs and cats taking shelter under parked cars. This can be extremely dangerous for these innocent animals. A similar case occurred in Palatka, Florida. There was a happy ending to the story, however.

The kitten inside the car wheel.
Image Credits: CBS Newspath | Putnam County Sheriff’s Office | Facebook

Putnam County Sheriff’s Office posted on Facebook that a kitten was found wedged tightly inside a car’s wheel. The post authorities were unable to explain how the animal ended up there. 

Nevertheless, the driver became aware of the animal’s presence after hearing a “weird noise”. After that, he notified the authorities.

According to the sheriff’s office:

When they looked under the car they found a small scaredy cat that was too petrified to come out.”

The kitten was rescued safely by their fleet manager, who dismantled the car as quickly as he could. The car was moving for quite a while before the driver noticed the noise. Animal control offices in the area nicknamed the kitten “Trooper”.

This isn’t the first time

Cindy Juarez discovered a kitten stuck in her wheel well in Los Agenelse in 2018. Once again, she had driven for some time before realizing the animal was there. Neither the fire department, animal control, nor the car’s official service center were able to rescue the kitten because it was so deep inside the engine. Fortunately, a friend of the family dismantled the car painstakingly and freed the cat. In Spanish, Milagros means “miracle.”.

A Hyundai Sonata owner heard a kitten’s mews from his car in a tiny hamlet called Beaverdam Virginia in 2016. After that, they drove 30 miles to the dealership to retrieve the kitten. Fortunately, the kitten was not injured by the drive, and the mechanics had no trouble removing it. The mechanic took the animal home and named it Sonata.

It is common for kittens and other small animals to enter cars in search of warmth. By honking your horn and banging on the hood of your car, you can ensure they are not hiding inside. Any critters hiding inside it are usually scared away by the loud noise.

You should always double check that your car doesn’t contain any innocent souls.

source :

  1. A driver heard a ‘weird noise’ in the car — then Florida cops found it. And it was alive.” Miami Herald. Madeleine Marr. April 12, 2022.
  2. Kitten rescued from inside wheel well of car in California.” ABC7 NY. September 2018.
  3. This Kitten Survived 30 Miles in the Wheel Well of a Hyundai Sonata.” The Drive. Will Sabel Courtney. June 8, 2016.
  4. “PSA: Check under hood and honk horn to save cats” WMAZ13. December 6, 2017.

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