The kitten in the car engine bay

NICK BARNETT
Last updated 08:50 15/03/2012

Sometimes a pet seems to choose its owner, rather than the other way round. And sometimes, fate seems to pull human and pet together in a big unsubtle scene stolen from a TV movie script. Baby SophieTake the story of Sophie the kitten, and her fate-intended owner, Robyn.

On a day three years ago, Robyn was at work when she heard a fuss in the car park outside involving a woman from the business next door. Robyn's colleague, Marion, went out to investigate, and re-entered the room soon after with a surprising armful: a tiny, rather sickly tabby kitten.

The kitten had been found sitting next to Marion's car and Marion recognised it as one of "hers": She had been feeding a stray cat with three kittens - but at her home, many kilometres away. 

Marion was certain the kitten had not been inside her car, and anyway she had locked it and left it in the car park four or five hours before. "The kitten had smudges of grease on her coat, so we could only assume she had been hiding in the engine bay," says Robyn. Sophie grown up"It was incredible that such a tiny, sickly kitten hadn't fallen out in the traffic or been injured during the trip."

Even more miraculous was that Marion had "detoured" that morning, taking a friend to the airport and stopping for a walk at a park before coming to work. She had driven many kilometres over about three hours, with the kitten hanging on in the engine bay the whole time.

So now there was a rescue to complete. Robyn held on to the kitten while Marion raced out to get some food for it; luckily their boss is also a cat lover, so all work was allowed to be put on hold. The well-travelled kitten curled up on Robyn's lap and fell asleep - while Robyn fell in love (just as scripted).

Still, the kitten was barely four weeks old and they felt she needed to be with her mother a while longer, so Marion took her home that evening.

But Robyn, a long-time cat lover, had fallen hard. "Driving home, I think I had already made my decision, but any doubt was blown away when I realised it was 24 February - the same day I found Hillary and Sylvester 17 years before. If I was looking for a sign, that was a pretty big one!"

A week later, Sophie came to live with Robyn, and with good vet care the kitten become a beautiful, healthy grown-up cat. She's good pals with the fluffy brown boy next door, Milo - so maybe there's another TV movie to be made of her story...

Sophie table

Sophie and Milo

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SJM   #1   09:05 am Mar 15 2012

Our cat 'chose' us. He would spend 90% of his time with us, 8% out wandering and 1% with his actual owners eating. Needless to say they soon decided this wasn't ideal and now he is officially ours!!

Jen   #2   09:10 am Mar 15 2012

All together now: AWWWWWWWW :)

CE   #3   09:10 am Mar 15 2012

What a heartwarming story, I agree the signs were there for Robyn to take Sophie home! A cute kitten grown into a beautiful cat.

Renee   #4   09:19 am Mar 15 2012

Awwww that is so lovely. My beautiful ginger baby was born under my house which was unexpected as my lovely girl was fixed and is not his mother. one look at his little furry face and i just knew he had to be mine.

Pickles   #5   09:22 am Mar 15 2012

The last photo is wet your pants cute!! Fantastic story to start a Thursday with!

D   #6   09:23 am Mar 15 2012

beautiful story. But typical. You look after the sweet little thing, and she hooks up with the wookiee next door.

Olivia   #7   09:27 am Mar 15 2012

The cat that I had all my life up until he died when I was 16 (he was 18) chose us. Our ginger cat bought him home as a little black fluffball and he never left us. I grew up with him, and he was the most gentle cat ever (probably because as a baby we would stroke him backwards and pull his fur to stand up!).

Love these!

Scott   #8   09:29 am Mar 15 2012

Lovely story but an even better comment by Pickles!

MC (the other one)   #9   10:32 am Mar 15 2012

@ D#6 - perfect comment, I was trying to think of a way to describe that fluffy gorgeousness.

2 dogs 2 cats   #10   10:55 am Mar 15 2012

Awww... so cute :) My dad was driving to the westcoast once and stopped to help a lady parked on the side of the road poking under her car with a stick. Upon instection it turned out her rooster was sitting on the axel of her car and was too scared to let go. He'd been there for at least 2 hours travelling on the open road, poor thing!


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