Cat survives 60-mile trip under van bonnet

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image captionThe cat is thought to have travelled 60 miles from the White Hart Lane area of Tottenham, London

A cat has been rescued from under the bonnet of a van after travelling about 60 miles in a space behind the heater matrix.

The unfortunate moggy was found by Darren Sumner when the vehicle broke down in Reading, Berkshire.

Mr Sumner said: "He was warm and scared so I sat and stroked him for about 30 minutes until I coaxed him out."

The RSPCA wants to reunite the cat with his owner, thought to be in Tottenham where the van started its journey.

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image captionSparky, as he has since been named, is thought to be about a year old

The cat, nicknamed Sparky, was unscathed by his ordeal on 28 August.

Mr Sumner, who took the cat home overnight, said: "He used a litter tray so I think he's probably someone's pet.

"He woke me up at about 3am in the morning for a play. I hope his owners can be found."

Sparky, who is thought to be about a year old, was taken to the vet for a check up. He was also scanned to see if he was micro-chipped - which would have revealed details of his owner - but unfortunately no chip was found.

Helena Peace, from the RSPCA in Reading, said: "He was traumatised but physically unhurt. He's certainly used up one of his nine lives."

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