You might say it was a purrfect day on the job. And when it was over, Officer Kevin Wheat had a new friend for life—a three-month-old kitten named Axle.
According to The Hanford Sentinel, who reported the sweet story, the California traffic officer met the feline on Saturday when he responded to a call near Lacey Park. The wee kitten had crawled inside of a Dodge Caravan and was stuck between the fender and the engine compartment. Wheat was called to get the kitten out.
"They don't train us at the academy in how to get a cat out of an engine compartment," said Wheat, who had never rescued a cat on the job before.
He got creative and used the car owner's jack stand and tire iron to remove the tire, then removed part of the fender with a small screwdriver and a pair of pliers from his patrol motorcycle. The rescue took about an hour.
Wheat took the kitten to Kings County Animal Services, where staff offered him first dibs on adoption.
Wheat and his wife have already purchased a few toys, a litter box and a collar for the new addition to their family, who they'll pick up on Friday.
"We're very excited," Wheat told People. "It's amazing all the attention this is getting for just doing my job. There [are] many animal rescues a day that don't get any credit and I would like to tell all the rescuers thank you for having such an amazing heart."
We couldn't have said it better ourselves...
Live long and prospurr, Axle and Officer Wheat!
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