BELTSVILLE, Md. (WUSA/AP) - A driver who heard a mewing sound from his engine Monday asked for help from firefighters, who rescued a three-week-old kitten from the car, according to a Prince George's County Fire Dept. spokesman.
At about 1:30 on Monday afternoon, the driver, traveling in the area of Beltsville, thought he heard a meow from the car as he drove down the road.
He pulled into the parking lot of Absolute Kitchen in Beltsville at Baltimore Ave. and Ewing Rd and called the fire dept. Firefighters from the Beltsville Fire/EMS Station 831 responded and searched around under the hood.
Eventually they coaxed the frightened three-week-old kitten out of a hard-to-access area of the engine. It took firefighters about 45 minutes of effort to free the tiny tabby.After they banged on engine parts, the kitten emerged from its hiding place..
The kitten appeared to be in good shape. Named Columbo because Monday was Columbus Day, the kitten went back to the firehouse with its rescuers, and has been adopted by one of the firefighters.