Julie Tansley of Kinoulton, England, said Princess the cat was apparently under the hood of the car for two weeks before she noticed a dashboard warning light while out for a drive to search for the feline, The Mirror reported Monday.
Tansley said she lifted the hood to discover Princess was cowering near the engine and had apparently chewed through a coolant hose.
I have absolutely no idea how she managed to get there," Tansley said. "It's just ¬unbelievable -- I mean we've driven to and from school, work, even through the jet wash with her in there. If the warning light hadn't come on I dread to think what could have happened."
She said a mechanic friend spent 45 minutes dismantling the engine to free the cat, which was malnourished and covered in coolant fluid but otherwise uninjured.
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