Saved by Stroke of Luck: Calico Kitten Rescued from Moving Mercedes

This adorable calico was given a second chance at life by a stroke of luck. Brooklyn-based photographer, Antonio M. Rosario, noticed a tiny kitten hiding under the hood of a Mercedes. “If we had been a minute off in any direction, this would never have happened,” Rosario told

cute rescue calico kitten Mercedes

She was named Mercedes. Not only did she find a second chance at life, she now lives happily with the person who saved her.

Here is the full story courtesy of Antonio M. Rosario:

So, here’s the story about Mercedes the kitten.

We’re driving along Ocean Parkway, headed to Brighton Beach for a morning at the beach. Sometime while we’re driving (I’m in the passenger seat) I hear what sounds like a cat crying. I don’t pay it that much mind as I figure we’re passing by some alley cats or something. Then, a little later when we hit a stoplight, I hear the sound again. This time I think that we have a cat in our car. I look out behind me and out the window and in the adjacent lane is see a Mercedes s550 with its left front turn signal light missing from the housing. In this housing is the little face of a kitten crying.

Whoa! I open the window and wave at the woman driving the car. I grab her attention and point to the front of her car. “You have a cat inside your car!” I yell. She rolls down her window and I yell at her again. “What should I do? Is it dead?” she says. “No, pull over there,” I yell back.

cute rescue calico mercedes and photographer Antonio M. Rosario

Me and Mercedes

We both pull over to the service road on Ocean Parkway and like Avenue U or something. I tell her to shut down her engine. She does and gets out of the car and moves like 20 feet away, as if the car is on fire or something. I tell her again that there’s a cat in her car and ask her to pop open the hood. She has no idea how to do this. I can see the kitten sitting inside the housing where the turn signal lamp should be. She’s staring at me and I reach in to grab her and she disappears further into the engine.

At this point, we’re attracting a small crowd. I’m asking people’s who walk by if they know how to open the hood of the car so we can rescue the kitten. Two guys get into the car and are searching for the hood release while I’m trying to reach in for the kitten.

We all have iPhones, so we start Googling how to open the hood of an s550. In the mean time, I ask the woman who’s driving to call someone to ask them how to open the hood. This goes on for a while.

rescue calico kitten mercedes

Mercedes in the car after her rescue

Suddenly, I see a paw protruding from the right front part of the car, near the turn signal housing. It’s limp. Elizabeth and I fear the kitten is dead because the engine was so hot. I push at the paw and shove it back inside the housing. The kitten could not come out that way anyway. I could feel it and I poked it a bit and it started crying again.

The driver said to me, along with some of the other people who were there (they may have known the driver) that it was now ok and we could go and she would either drive over to the mechanic or the police would take care of it. We did not agree that it was fine. We told her if she started the car it would kill the kitten for sure. I don’t think they were being malevolent in any way, I just don’t think they knew what to do. Some other guys also cautioned about starting the car.

Now the kitten was crying. We finally got the hood open and I could finally see the kitten had moved a bit more towards the center of the car, between the radiator and the fan. She was looking up at us. I tried to reach my arm down, but there was not enough room and I kept burning myself on the radiator cap. Anothe guy started tapping underneath the car in order to scare her back towards the open housing on the left side of the car. That’s when she decided to take a left turn and head further into the engine block, out of our sight. CRAP!!!!!

cute rescue calico cat Mercedes

Mercedes relaxing after her first night with us

One of the guys helping saw her and said she was near an opening that she could climb down and exit the engine. I got on the ground and pushed myself under the car as much as I could. I saw the hole and a little bit of fur. I asked Elizabeth for some of her breakfast scone so that I might entice her to eat. The driver said she had some ground beef from the supermarket, so I took some of that too. I shoved my arm under the car and held the meat up to the hole. I could see the kitten and she became interested in the meat. She first poked her head out of the hole. I told everyone to be quiet so we wouldn’t scare her back into the engine. Finally she dropped one leg down then another. Finally, she dropped out of the hole and I grabbed her firmly and quick.


We had a small crowd gathered and I’m holding her against my chest. Everyone’s thanking us and we’re thanking them, and the driver was relieved and happy. “Are you going to keep her?” a guy asked. What do you think was our answer.

We all agreed that she should be named Mercedes. Merci (Mercy) for short.

Welcome to our world Merci. What a start!

cute rescue calico cat Mercedes


We drove her right to the vet. She seems pretty healthy. Some conjunctivitis in her eyes. Maybe some worms. Possibly a few fleas if any. No feline leukemia (they have a 5-minute test they do now). She was starving and the vet gave her a can of food which she vacuumed down. No RFID tag under her skin. So things look good for her, at the moment. She’s now installed in one of our bathrooms, separated from the Men who, so far, haven’t freaked out.

More updates, photos and videos at Antonio M. Rosario Photography.

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57 Responses to “Saved by Stroke of Luck: Calico Kitten Rescued from Moving Mercedes”

  1. Chris H says:

    She’s so beautiful Thank you so for caring for her. She is a treasure.

  2. kathy v says:

    thank you for caring,I am sure any one else would have let her such a kind man..she
    will love u with all her kitty kisses =^.^=

  3. Freya says:

    You, sir, are awesome.

    Thank you for being such a generously spirited individual, your parents must be proud. :)

    Please keep up the good acts; I hope Merci realizes how fortunate she is in finding you (or vice-versa!)…

  4. Carene Williams says:

    You saved a furr-babies life that day, and you will be rewarded with many years of lovefrom your litte Merci!!!!!!! xx

  5. Starla says:

    You are a wonderful person to save such a beautiful and helpless baby. God bless you! Mercy is so lucky to have you. :’-)

  6. indee says:

    congratulations on so many levels!!!!!! This little girl is amazingly beautiful and fortunate that you saved her life. God bless.

  7. Julia says:

    wow sounds like my cat rode an engine for 3-4 hours and never fell, got crushed, or got run over. now he is safe at home!

  8. jeanine says:

    i once rescued a kitten from a car engine, and like this one, she did NOT want to come out. it took an hour and we had to resort to jacking up the care and myself crawling under it to pull her out. i kept her for a while but she was too feral and eventually disappeared. she was a darling though huge ears, dark grey tabby, I had named her Sonata …

  9. heather says:

    Awwww thank god she was ok.she is so cute

  10. Monica says:

    She is just sooooo beautiful!

  11. KateM says:

    I’ll add my thanks to all the others’ — you’re a good human, Antonio, along with all the other rescuers.

  12. Sara says:

    Thank God that she was able to get out of the engine of the car…. this little girl could have been hurt a lot worse…. But what an incredible story…. and that name just fits her very nicely….

  13. Maremma says:

    Oh what a beautiful little baby! Thank you so much for fighting so hard to save her!

  14. C says:

    Such colors on the little sweetie!

  15. Ashley says:

    I love her markings. Thank you for rescuing her. She will always be grateful.

  16. Suzanne says:

    What a beautiful kitty, and what a great story! I had to chuckle that no one knew how to pop the hood on the car! Thank goodness you were able to get her out of that dangerous situation. I went to your site, but didn’t see any photos of your new furbaby. Want some! :)

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