Engine 'purred' all the way

BACK in the arms of his arms of his loving owners, Aslan the Ipswich cat today looks the picture of contentment.But behind those whiskers is the incredible tale of a daredevil moggy who made a five-hour road trip to Wales - trapped under the bonnet of a car!The incredible story began when owners Hannah and Martin Fisher, of Lacey Street, noticed that their cat Aslan - a usually cautious and housebound pet - had not returned for his evening meal.

BACK in the arms of his arms of his loving owners, Aslan the Ipswich cat today looks the picture of contentment.

But behind those whiskers is the incredible tale of a daredevil moggy who made a five-hour road trip to Wales - trapped under the bonnet of a car!

The incredible story began when owners Hannah and Martin Fisher, of Lacey Street, noticed that their cat Aslan - a usually cautious and housebound pet - had not returned for his evening meal.

And after contacting vets, putting up posters and even conducting a mail-shot of nearby homes, it seemed the missing feline was gone for good.

But just as it appeared all hope was lost, the couple received a call to say that the ten-month-old cat had been found safe and in purrfect health - 262 miles away in Mid-Glamorgan.

It emerged that Aslan had climbed up into a car owned by the Fisher's neighbours - Rob Hillier and Liz Kirwin - before joining them on their trip to the Rhonda Valley to see Mr Hillier's parents.

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However, Aslan stayed overnight under the bonnet and was not found until 3pm the following day when the pair parked their Rover 25 in Maesteg and heard meowing from the engine.

Aslan, who came from the Blue Cross rescue centre in Felixstowe, has a keepsake on his collar which contains a unique code.

Mr Hillier then called the number to register the missing moggy.

An incredulous Mrs Fisher said: “I think we were nailing up the tenth poster and we were very distraught when we had a call to say he had been found.

“He climbed up through the wheel arch and clung on near to the battery. He wasn't burnt or injured at all. I think it's a miracle.”

Mr Hillier said: “We heard a noise from the bonnet, but we thought we were hearing things.

“I opened the bonnet and he was there between the battery and the engine, with not a scratch on him.

“We couldn't believe it!”

Mr Hillier's mother tended to the frightened cat before he was brought back to Suffolk.

Miss Kirwin said: “He cried all the way to Bristol. We kept saying 'at least you're not in the engine!'”

Now home again, Aslan will be taking things a little easy for a while.

Mrs Fisher said: “I don't think he'll be going too far for a bit.

“I'm a bit zany myself, so most of my friends would say he's taken after me!”

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