We know how much “cool cats” love their Corvettes.
But this was a little out of the ordinary.
Monday morning in Wood River, Illinois, a routine day turned into a seemingly “cat-astrophic” event for retired Roxana High School football coach Bill Smith.
Smith emerged from the McDonald’s on Vaughn Road shortly before 10 a.m., only to find a police cadet standing next to his Corvette.
“First thing that happened was my heart dropped,” Smith said. “The officer told me it was nothing bad, but that a cat had crawled under my car.”
The cat had first been noticed by another woman leaving the McDonald’s, who saw its tail emerging from the wheel of her Honda Pilot.
She tried to lure the cat out of its hiding place with food, to no avail, and finally ended up calling Animal Control with the Wood River Police Department.
However, before they could arrive, the cat sneaked over to much “cooler” wheels and climbed under the Corvette.
Attempts to lift up the Corvette with a jack failed, so Smith decided to drive his Corvette very carefully some 500 feet to the nearby Meineke Car Care Center, where area manager Joe Soles and three employees put the car on a lift to gain easier access to the bottom of the vehicle.
The little fellow didn’t give up easily, and who can blame him? After all, he was probably the coolest cat in Wood River, hiding out in a Corvette.
“He was grasping onto the tail pipe as we were pulling him out,” Soles said.
Finally, their attempts to save the cat paid off, however, and the Siamese-mix stray left in another vehicle for his new digs at the Wood River Public Works Facility on 14th Street.
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