Fire crews rescued a cat from an unusual space after he was found trapped.
Spider is a three-year-old black and white cat that had been missing from his home for two and a half weeks. But he was soon spotted trapped in the wheel arch of a car just days before Christmas.
On December 20, firefighters from Runcorn, working with the RSPCA, managed to free Spider who could be seen stuck between the hinges of the car door. Fire crews managed to remove the car's wheel as Spider was pulled from the tight space before being placed safely in a cage to be checked over, CheshireLive reports.
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Posting on social media, the Runcorn Fire Station page wrote: "White watch and the RSPCA (England & Wales) rescued a three year old cat named Spider from the wheel arch of a car in Runcorn today. Spider had been missing for two and half weeks and will be reunited with his owner once he has been checked over."
Experts previously warned that pets could be sheltering beneath cars on cold mornings. For Spider, he was trapped and could not get out, but motorists have been urged to check underneath their cars and wheel arches before driving off.
Motoring experts at LeaseCar.uk are warning car owners to be vigilant before heading off as cats may be found sleeping under vehicles on winter mornings. Cats love to hide under cars and vans as they feel protected against cold winds and biting frosts. They can also gain warmth from the vehicle’s engine if it has been recently running.
Tim Alcock from LeaseCar.uk said: "No driver wants to be responsible for the death of somebody’s beloved pet cat. But on these cold mornings, it’s important to bear in mind that someone’s furry friend may be peacefully slumbering under the car.
"We’re asking every driver to spend a couple of minutes checking for any pets that might be lurking around the tyres or under the car. If you do find a cat under the car give it a nudge or shoo it away before turning the engine on and gently pulling away."
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