A life-threatening situation for three young kittens in Livermore resolved with a happy ending last week when an Alameda County Fire Department crew successfully rescued the trio from being trapped in a car's engine compartment.
The rescue began just after noon on July 31 under a covered parking spot on the 5700 block of East Avenue, according to Aisha Knowles, spokeswoman for ACFD.
The owner of a white Subaru arrived to her car to find a note on the windshield from a neighbor who reported hearing kitten cries coming from the car, according to Knowles.
"The owner of the vehicle nor are firefighters aware of how the kittens became trapped, but it is believed the mother of the kittens chose the location because it was warm and safe," Knowles told the Weekly.
ACFD's Engine 8 with Capt. Cory Rutherglen, engineer Juan Perez and firefighter Myles Cardinell arrived to the scene and began assessing the situation, Knowles said. They developed a rescue plan by checking under the hood and underneath the car -- and using the helpful eye of their cellphone.
"They used a cellphone to record a video to see where one of the kittens was located, in order to rescue it," Knowles said. "One of the kittens, though easy to hear, was difficult to locate without using a video to see exactly where it was located.
Not only did the firefighters successfully remove all three tiny kittens from the predicament, they also cared for the babies -- with mom cat nearby -- until a Livermore Police Department animal control unit arrived to render assistance, Knowles noted.
The ACFD highlighted the kitty rescue with photos in a popular social media post dubbed "Cat-astrophe averted."