Kitten rescued from taxi cab engine in downtown San Diego

SAN DIEGO - Firefighters got a little help from 10News when they rescued a kitten that got trapped in the engine of a taxi cab for several hours overnight Monday in downtown San Diego.

According to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department, the kitten was discovered at about 9 p.m. Monday when a driver and passenger heard meowing coming from their car. The cab driver pulled over near 9th Avenue and F Street, pulled up the hood and discovered a kitten stuck in the engine.

The driver and passenger tried to pull her out, but to no avail. They eventually called 911 and the fire department arrived.

Firefighters used 10News photojournalist Paul Anderegg’s tripod to hold up the cab’s hood, as well as his camera light to maintain visual contact on the kitten.

By 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, crews were finally able to get her out.

The 10-week-old female kitten was turned over to San Diego County Animal Control.

How she initially got wedged in the engine remains a mystery.

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