Kitten rescued after run into Lancaster highway

(Credit: Pet Pantry of Lancaster County)

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – An 8- to 10-week-old kitten had a close call Thursday afternoon when he became stranded in the middle of Lincoln Highway East.

Bryan Langlois, the medical director of Pet Pantry of Lancaster County, said a good Samaritan stopped traffic on the road to the rescue the kitten.

The passerby took the animal to Drakes Pet Place on Lincoln Highway East, and he’s now awaiting adoption at Pet Pantry, where the staff has named him “Lincoln.”

Langlois believes the black and white kitten cuddled up to a car engine before running into the street, based on the dirt and a little bit of grease found on his coat.

“Fortunately it appears this guy got out of the engine before the car was started.” he said in a news release. “However, every year we see cats that suffer horrific, and sometimes even fatal, injuries from being inside car engines when the car starts.

“The cats are seeking the warmth and relative safety of a recently turned off engine. Unfortunately, when the engine gets turned back on they can get caught by and serious injured by many moving parts of the engine.”

“It is always advised to bang on your hood before starting your car in the morning to give any cat, or other creature, that may be seeking refuge in there a chance to run away before starting your engine,” he added.

Lincoln” will be evaluated over the next few days. He’ll be put up for adoption through the Pantry when he’s ready.

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