A Florida man who heard a strange noise emitting from his pickup truck cut open the bed of his vehicle to investigate last month — and got quite the stunning surprise when he came face-to-face with the root cause.
"I said, 'Oh Lord, what am I going to do,'" Errand Frazier, 50, told CNN.
After repeatedly hearing a purring sound from his truck over a period of a few days, the 50-year-old took out some sheet metal cutters and peeled back metal on the side of his truck bed.
As he looked inside, he saw a kitten.
"I seen this little rascal peeking at me," Frazier told CNN. "I said, 'What in the world? You hitched a ride!'"
Unable to reach the kitten, Frazier sought advice from the Human Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County. They advised him to carefully drive to their shelter, avoiding high speeds and bumps.
"I said, 'Ma'am, there's a kitten that hitchhiked from my home and I can't get it,"" Frazier told CNN. "She said, 'Man, you did a job on your truck.'"
It was a team rescue involving a few individuals, but ultimately they were able to rescue the 8-week-old kitten from the truck. A week later, the shelter invited Frazier in for a reunion. It purred in his arms.
"It was almost telling me, 'Thank you for saving my life,'" he told CNN.
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After the story was covered in the media, a fund was established to help Frazier and his wife, Cindy, pay for the repairs to the truck. It has since raised enough money and donations are now going to a special fund to help other animals.
"We really never expected all of this, to be honest, but God does blessings every day," Cindy Frazier told CNN. "That's the reason that little kitten just showed up here -- because God knew we would do whatever we needed to do to make sure that kitten was safe."
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