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‘Miracle kitten’ survives 200km trip in car engine

A kitten has been dubbed the ‘miracle moggy’ and renamed ‘motor oil’ by her adopted owner after defying the odds by surviving a 200km trip across northern France wedged in the purring engine of a car.

‘Miracle kitten’ survives 200km trip in car engine
A kitten in France survived 200km stuck in a car engine. File photo: Nicolas Suzor

If cats have nine lives then one little kitty in northern France must have used them all up in one go.

The 'miracle kitten' as the the moggy is now being referred to, somehow managed to cling on for dear life inside the engine of a car as it sped 200km from Rennes in Brittany to Caen in Normandy.

“When I got into the car at the farm where I work I heard a cat meowing just as I started the car,” Eugenie Gallais told French radio RTL on Friday.

“I got out of the car and checked under the wheels but did not see anything so I left and drove 200km to my home in Calvados. When I got out of the car there was a little kitten by the wheels.

At first Eugenie thought nothing of it but then on closer inspection realized something was a little fishy.

“It was really dirty, covered in oil but it looked healthy. I thought it looked a little like the kittens from the farm so I called my manager who confirmed that one of them was missing.

“It had to be the one I found by the car.”

Not wanting to be separated from the kitten, Eugenie decided to adopt it and rename it “motor oil”.

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TOURISM

France’s Asterix park to shut down dolphin show

A major amusement park in northern France said on Monday it would close its dolphin and sea lion aquarium, the day before lawmakers start to debate new animal welfare rules.

France's Asterix park to shut down dolphin show
France has long discussed imposing stricter rules on using wild animals in amusement parks. Illustration photo: AFP

The dolphin shows are a popular attraction at Parc Asterix, which normally has some two million visitors a year, but have long been a target of animal rights activists.

“We've been thinking about this for several years,” the park's managing director Nicolas Kremer told Le Parisien newspaper, saying the site wanted to focus instead on rides and other shows.

He said the dolphins would be transferred to other aquariums in Europe in the next two months, adding: “Reintroduction in a natural environment is not possible for these animals raised in captivity.”

A ban on captive breeding of dolphins and other marine mammals as well as their use in shows is a key part of the draft law, with the debate due to begin on Tuesday.

A previous effort to outlaw the practices by decree in 2017 was thrown out by the Council of State, France's highest administrative court, but animal rights group have kept up pressure for the ban.

“These associations think that captivity is abuse, but I can tell you that we have always ensured the wellbeing of our animals,” Kremer said.

The park, based on the beloved Asterix the Gaul comics, is hoping to reopen for the busy summer season on April 3rd if coronavirus restrictions are lifted by then.

READ ALSO: Disneyland Paris to begin 'phased reopening' in July

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