SUGAR GROVE – A kitten that was rescued after traveling about 300 miles while clinging to a semitrailer’s air cleaner has been adopted from Kane County Animal Control, officials said.
Kevin Forest, the Sugar Grove police officer who found the kitten, had stopped the driver of a truck near Route 47 and Chelsea Avenue in Sugar Grove around 5:30 p.m. May 25.
The driver was talking on a cellphone while driving a commercial vehicle through a construction zone, and Forest said while making contact with the driver, he heard a cat meow over the sound of the engine.
The driver said he did not have a cat on board, but said he had heard the noise for about two hours and didn’t think anything of it, Forest said.
The driver of the truck had traveled 284 miles from Tomah, Wis., before reaching Sugar Grove. Forest said he asked the driver to shut down the engine so he could investigate.
When he looked under the hood, Forest found a small kitten clinging with all four paws to the truck’s air cleaner.
“[She] was holding on with everything [she] had,” Forest said.
Robert Sauceda, billing manager for Kane County Animal Control, said the black tiger-striped kitten has been named EB – short for Engine Block – and is about 14 to 16 weeks old. Aside from a case of ear mites that has now cleared up, EB is in good health and didn’t seem to suffer any hearing loss from being so close to the engine.
Forest said the kitten was so small that she climbed underneath the driver’s seat of his squad car.
He said the kitten was very responsive after being removed from the truck and was “jumping all over the place.”
Even though he helped save its life, Forest said he was just doing his job.
“We’re presented with situations, and we use our training and our knowledge to hopefully make a positive outcome with every situation we deal with,” he said. “I feel I did my job. That’s what I’m here for.”