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Kitten Found In Engine After Ride To Santa Cruz, Calif.

First Posted: 03/22/12 03:59 PM ET Updated: 03/23/12 03:19 PM ET

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. -- A stowaway kitten is safe despite taking an 85-mile ride in a van's engine compartment that included a trip across California's Golden Gate Bridge.

A Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter spokesman says the 8-month-old female feline was probably just looking for a warm place to sleep.

He didn't stop until he reached a gas station in the beachfront city, where he heard a distinct meowing. He opened the hood and found the kitten with a blue, studded collar and blue bell but no identification.

The shelter is trying to locate the owner.

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