A stowaway kitten has survived an incredible 170-mile journey clinging to the underside of a lorry before turning up at a company in Sutton.
Workers at the Mill Shop on Stoney Street were shocked to discover the tiny bundle of fur covered in oil underneath the container lorry which had arrived from Felixstowe in south-east England earlier this month.
Andrea Cooper, who is finance director at the firm, said: “We could hear this cat crying so we tried to entice it out with food. But it was still crying so one of the lads got underneath the lorry and pulled out this very cold, wet, oily bundle of fur.”
The kitten, who was only around 10-days-old when he arrived was given the name of Felix, which is the Latin word for ‘feline’ as well as being a nod to where he came from.
Said Andrea: “We kept him at work for the day and got him some cat formula.
“We took it in turns to feed him and we made a pouch out of some blankets. We found a hot water bottle and he snuggled into it - he was a very contented cat.”
Andrea and her husband Peter took little Felix to Millwood Cattery in West Bridgford, where he is being hand reared by Ronnie McMillen.
Praising the work done by Ronnie at the rescue centre, Andrea said: “She does a wonderful job.”
And the pair will be adopting Felix when he is stronger along with another cat from the rescue centre.
“We have always had cats,” added Andrea.
“We had a cat that adopted us about nine years ago.”