Fergie the grey tabby kitten (Picture: Cats Protection).
Fergie the grey tabby kitten (Picture: Cats Protection).
Animals

RNAS Culdrose pilots help engineer dismantle car engine to rescue kitten

Engineer Adam Hughes was driving home when he spotted the tiny cat trying to cross a busy road with an injured leg.

Fergie the grey tabby kitten (Picture: Cats Protection).
Fergie the grey tabby kitten (Picture: Cats Protection).

An engineer has helped to rescue an injured kitten trapped inside a car engine at RNAS Culdrose.

Adam Hughes, an employee of Leonardo Helicopters – whose products include the Navy's Merlin and Wildcat – was passing through the Royal Naval Air Station after work when he spotted the cat trying to cross a busy road with an injured leg.

Having lost his own cat the previous day, Mr Hughes did not want the kitten to be in any pain or further danger, so he went to pick it up but it ran under a parked car on the opposite side of the road.

Fergie the grey tabby kitten (Picture: Cats Protection).
Fergie the tabby kitten (Picture: Cats Protection).

He tried to lure the kitten out, with the help of two junior pilots from the base.

The engineer was then forced to take the car's entire engine apart – with the owner's consent – as the kitten ran along the exhaust pipe and into the engine chamber.

Fergie the kitten peeks out from the engine space of a VW Golf at RNAS Culdrose
The car's engine had to be taken apart as the kitten ran along the exhaust pipe and into the engine chamber (Picture: Martyn Collick).

Once he'd rescued her from the engine, Mr Hughes put the small grey tabby in the care of the Cats Protection Cornwall Adoption Centre, from where he had adopted his own cat of 11 years.

He said: "I rang my wife Helen and daughter Lucy and asked them to get Orlando's cat box ready because I was bringing home an injured kitten.

"Understandably, we were all very emotional but as a family, we never give up on animals and just do our best wherever we can."

The kitten's leg was clearly broken and was amputated to give the animal the best quality of life possible.

Personnel at RNAS Culdrose attempt to free Fergie the kitten from a VW Golf
After rescuing Fergie from the engine, Mr Hughes put the small grey tabby in the care of the Cats Protection Cornwall Adoption Centre (Picture: Martyn Collick).

Fergie, named after Sarah Ferguson who wrote books about a helicopter called Budgie, is now in rehabilitation, learning to walk on three legs and getting used to social contact.

The centre has set up a JustGiving page and is appealing for donations to help meet the estimated costs of more than £500 for Fergie's treatment, which also includes getting her neutered and microchipped.