A kitten was lucky to be alive Thursday after surviving a nearly 15-mile drive from Lauderhill to Fort Lauderdale beach while trapped in the suspension arm of a car.
Fort Lauderdale Deputy Fire Chief Tim Heiser said the driver of the car heard muffled meows after parking his car at 619 Breakers Blvd. on Fort Lauderdale beach at about 8 a.m. He called fire rescue.
“It’s lucky it didn’t fall out," Heiser said. "A number of things could have happened."
The drive included navigating through puddles and mud because of recent high tides.
The driver didn't have a jack to lift the car, so crews used technical rescue equipment to lift the car and free the stuck feline.
"It was very dirty and a bit frightened, but it looked OK," said Heiser.
The kitten not only survived the ordeal, but now has a new home — a Fort Lauderdale fire fighter decided to take the kitten home.
"The kitten ended up having a pretty good day," Heiser said.