Cat travels 100 miles after falling asleep on coach fuel tank

The RSCPA are now trying to locate the cat's owner

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A cat fell asleep and woke up 100 miles away, after he decided to sleep on a warm coach fuel tank.

The feline crawled on to the 40ft National Express vehicle when it was parked overnight in the seaside village of Westward Ho!.

When the unwitting driver started the coach in time for the 8:45am service to Grimsby, instead of moving, the cat clung to the tank for four hours.

He was discovered at Bristol Coach Station that afternoon, when the driver Andy Muskett unloaded a customer's luggage.

Passengers were transferred onto another coach to continue their journey, while Mr Muskett rescued the cat with help from engineer Andy Teagle.

As he did not have a collar or microchip, staff named the cat Diesel and took him to the coach station for some food.

Mr Muskett said: “I heard a strange noise that was definitely not mechanical and realised that as only one thing 'meows' we probably had 'a cat incident'.

"It was still a bit of a shock to find a silver tabby cat sitting on the fuel tank. When we got him down he was actually pretty contented.

"He must have been looking for somewhere warm to sleep and crawled under the coach when it was parked up overnight, and was probably too frightened to move when it started in the morning.”

Richard Ball, head of engineering for National Express, said: “We've had to deal with some unusual incidents in the past, but extracting a cat from on top of a fuel tank tops it off,” he said.

“Diesel must have used several of his nine lives, and we are just glad he survived his ordeal.”

The RSPCA are now caring for Diesel and trying to locate his owners.

Julie Parson, animal collections officer for the RSPCA, said:"When we checked [Diesel] over we realised he is suffering from some burns and he is currently on antibiotics. Fortunately he is now recovering well at one of our clinics in Bristol.

Anyone with any information about Diesel is asked to call the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018.