This man woke up to find a kitten trapped in his Tesla bumper

June 26, 2017 1:54 pm Last Updated: June 26, 2017 1:54 pm


We’ve all heard strange noises from our cars that made us take it to the mechanic, but never quite like this.

One Saturday morning, a Tesla owner woke up to a surprising sound coming from his car. Instead if hearing the engine purr, he heard the bumper meow:

That’s right: a kitten had somehow made its way inside the bumper of the Model X. The owner was left clueless about how the cat may have gotten in or how to get the poor thing free, calling on YouTube for suggestions and contacting Tesla’s service center.

And the Tesla service techs came to the rescue.

As documented in a second video, the mechanics are able to locate the kitten and rescue it:

Tesla CEO Elon Musk even got hold of the situation, posting the rescue video on his Twitter account (after all, saving a kitten is probably the best PR a company can get):

And the story has a happy ending all around. The rescued cat was fittingly given the name “Tessie,” and according to the video’s description was happily adopted by one of the Tesla workers.

The car owner, back at home with his Tesla fully intact and kitten-free, made a final follow-up video, speculating on the possible ways the cat found its way into the bumper, and explaining that Tessie was likely part of a nearby family of feral cats.

“Lucky for Tessie, she had a pretty good outcome, I’d say,” the man says, concluding his saga. “Her weekend obviously had a rough start, but she probably had the best end of the weekend ever.” Indeed, there is a light at the end of the Tesla.

Enjoy your new home, Tessie!