SAN YSIDRO, Calif. (KGTV) - Several lanes at the San Ysidro Port of Entry were closed late Wednesday evening as law enforcement officers worked to rescue a kitten that was hiding in a car’s engine.
A driver had just crossed into the U.S. from Mexico at around 10:30 p.m. when he started hearing a meowing sound coming from his engine. The driver pulled over on northbound Interstate 5 near Camino De La Plaza and called 911 to report the incident.
After opening the hood, responding Border agents and California Highway Patrol officers saw a little black kitten lodged near the engine.
With multiple lanes closed, officers worked for more than three hours to get the kitten out, with the cat not making the effort easier by repeatedly squirming away.
Firefighters eventually sprayed the kitten with some water and it finally jumped out of the car and onto the roadway.
Officers were able to quickly corral the kitten and took it to Animal Control to be evaluated.