John Griswell drove over 50 miles with a kitten in his engine.
Obviously, a guy who drives a Tesla Model S cares about animals. So much so, that when a feral kitten crawled into the engine cavity of his fancy, environmentally friendly, electric car, he took it to a mechanic to have the bottom taken off instead of just allowing nature to take its course: a horrible death.
This looks like the skeleton of a derby race car. (photo by John Griswell, via Green Car Reports)
And was the kitten thankful? No! It was mad as hell. It had gone through a lot. Removing the bottom of Griswell's car was definitely a last resort, after many days of trial and error and also a fair amount of driving before it was even discovered. Here's the epic tale:
"I think it climbed in sometime on Friday while I was out and about. Amazingly, it was safe in the cavity around the motor, even while I was driving. On Saturday, I noticed something hanging from the bottom of my car while it was parked on an incline. So I took a look and saw a paw hanging from the passenger rear-wheel well. I figured it was a cat and it had run out when I moved. Later that night, we heard meowing from the garage.
"Thinking that I'd hit a dead cat and its paw was stuck up in there, I backed up the car to get a better look, and it was gone. After searching around, I pointed a flashlight through the rear wheel and past the suspension and frame, and saw a pair of little eyes staring back at me.
"We put out food and left the garage door open, hoping it would leave overnight. But it only ate the food and climbed back in. On Sunday, we borrowed a live trap from a friend, put a can of tuna fish in it, and let the car sit all day. This time the kitten came out, took a dump in the garage, left the tuna alone, and climbed back into the Tesla. So on Monday morning I took the car to the Tesla Service Center for help."
I love a story that includes someone or something taking a dump in your garage. And the cherry on the sundae is the little guy is being adopted by a friend of Griswell, finally leaving its days on the road behind.
Poor baby boo! Trust us, you're better off. (photo by John Griswell, via Green Car Reports)