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Tiny kitten thrown from car makes miracle survival

The six-week-old black kitten was thrown out of a silver Vauxhall Astra on the A165 near Long Riston in Hull on the evening of Tuesday 11 June.

tiny black kitten on multicoloured towel

She was saved by a quick-thinking motorist who jumped out of their car to rescue her from the grass verge.

Thankfully she was uninjured and is being looked after by Cats Protection’s Beverley & Pocklington Branch, who have given her the name Lucia.


“Lucia was thrown from the car at about 4.30pm on Tuesday,” said Carol Jopling, the volunteer looking after Lucia.

“A motorist following behind said they saw the Astra slow down before the passenger door was opened and Lucia was flung out. The Astra then sped off.

tiny black kitten inside cosy grey cat bed

“Hull was in the grip of a current cold spell and it was pelting down with rain so if Lucia hadn’t been quickly retrieved she would have died as she was already extremely underweight. It’s horrible that someone could treat an animal so callously.”

If anyone has any information on the incident they should notify Humberside Police.

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