When you stop and park your car after a long road trip, the only sound you usually hear is that ticking noise engines make when they cool down (that’s what’s happening, right?). Rarely do you hear “very quiet meowing.” Rarely.
But Royal Naval Lieutenant Nick Grimmer heard just that after driving 300 miles through the United Kingdom and discovered it came from a tiny kitten trapped inside his bumper, according to the Royal Navy. The little gray-and-white striped tabby had been stuck in the rear bumper of the helicopter pilot’s car, and was only discovered after the mewing continued into the next day and the car had been taken apart.
“I looked in the boot, under the bonnet and climbed all over and under it and still couldn’t find what was making the noise,” Grimmer told Royal Navy. “I called up some of our air engineers who came and helped me to start dismantling my pride and joy. On taking off the rear bumper we were greeted by a tiny tiger-striped kitten.”
Grimmer flies submarine–hunting Merlin helicopters with 814 Naval Air Squadron, AKA the Flying Tigers. The small cat who was trapped in the car was soon named Tigger.
“He must have had a long journey but remarkably is unharmed,” Grimmer said. “I am never late for work and was left with no option but to take my new friend in with me. The place he has felt most comfortable is in my flying helmet, which is the only place he is able to sleep.”
Tigger, apparently, likes cozy spots. And a little danger, which is perfect for joining the life of a helicopter pilot.
Members of Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose said on Facebook that they will look for the kitten’s owners. If they remain unknown, an officer will step up to adopt Tigger.