We’ve all heard the story of first responders getting a cat out of a tree, but it’s not every day that police find a kitten stuck in a car tire.
Deputies from Florida’s Putnam County Sheriff’s Office recently came to the rescue of a tiny calico kitten that was somehow trapped within a car’s wheel well.
In a Facebook post from the department, police said deputies were flagged down by a motorist in Palatka who said he heard a weird noise coming from his car.
“When they looked under the car, they found a small scaredy cat that was too petrified to come out,” the department wrote.
“Our fleet manager came to the rescue and at a speed that could rival a NASCAR pit crew got the tire off safely and pulled the calico out.”
According to the post, sheriff’s deputies handed the kitten, nicknamed “Trooper,” over to Animal Control.
“Unsure if he likes car rides after that last trip,” the department joked.
It’s not clear why the kitten was trapped in the wheel. A PCSO spokesperson said the female cat was discovered in the wheel after the car had been driving for some time.
“There’s no way to tell if he/she was in another part underneath and when they stopped, that was where he/she hid,” police said in a statement. “The car was at Publix, and where they stopped was several miles from the store.”
The department received high praise for its actions on Facebook.
“Thank you for your speedy skills in removing the tire and safety removing this baby and getting him to safety,” one person commented.