Kitten Who Survived 28-Mile Ride In Truck Engine Is Adopted

A little kitten who was rescued from the engine of a truck now has a new home.

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The kitten, now named Mars, was adopted on Sunday. Via Hackettstown Police Department/Facebook
The kitten, now named Mars, was adopted on Sunday. Via Hackettstown Police Department/Facebook

Gearheads talk a lot about engines that purr, but most of the time, that’s a figure of speech. Most of the time.

But on July 2, when several people reported a purring sound coming from the engine compartment of a truck parked at the Mars Chocolate headquarters in Hackettstown, New Jersey, it was literal.

A tiny orange and white kitten was discovered under the hood, after having hitched an unexpected (and potentially dangerous) 28-mile ride from the truck owner’s home, NJ.com reports. After a failed search for the kitten’s owner, he was taken to the Common Sense for Animals Shelter in New Village, New Jersey.

Mars the cat, shortly before going to his new home. Via Hackettstown Police Department/Facebook

Mars the cat, shortly before going to his new home. Via Hackettstown Police Department/Facebook

Ten days later, the kitty — now, fittingly, named Mars — was adopted by a Pennsylvania family. Jennifer Blunts was one of the first people to contact the Hackettstown Police Department about the cat, so he’ll be going home with her, according to NJ.com. And this time, he gets a better seat in the car.

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