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'Soap, sweat and prayers': Rescuers free cat stuck in car subframe for hours

A Lexington firefighter and workers at Midas of Frankfort were able to free the kitten that made the drive from Lexington to Frankfort lodged in a hole.
Credit: Midas of Frankfort

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The workers at a Midas Kentucky location saved a 9-week-old kitten that was caught in the subframe of a car Wednesday, July 10.

Midas of Frankfort said the manager at a nearby Hardee's asked if they could help a customer who had a cat that would not come out from under his car. The kitten was lodged in a hole in the subframe of the 2000 Honda Accord, Midas workers said.

With the help of a Lexington firefighter and some soap, workers were able to free the kitten an hour later. They determined the kitten had been in the hole for a few hours, including the driver's trip from Lexington to Frankfort.

"After an hour of rear subframe removal, a Lexington Fireman, my lead tech and myself with some soap, sweat, and prayers, were able to extract the kitten," one Midas worker wrote on Facebook. "By all rights, this kitten shouldn’t have survived but through God’s grace and the efforts of four people, she will live to see another day."

Midas workers took the kitten to a veterinarian to check her health and the kitten is just fine. A longtime customer of Bourne's has volunteered to give her a home. The kitten was named Marigold, a variation of the name given to King Midas' daughter in a book by Nathaniel Hawthorne.

"Once we have a clean bill of health and get her shots up to date and such, we will be having a Name Contest AND we will be looking for a new home for her," the Facebook post said.

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