A miracle kitten lost two of its nine lines after it was thrown from a car in a horror motorway crash – then survived two weeks on its own in the wild.
Bengal tabby Bruno was in a cat carrier in the passenger seat of his owner Hussein Sharaf’s Seat Ibiza when it skidded into the central reservation and overturned.
The five-month-old kitten was thrown from the vehicle through a shattered window and couldn’t be found at the crash site, leaving Hussein fearing the worst.
Miraculously, 22-year-old Hussein was left with nothing but whiplash, cuts and bruises after the rush-hour crash, on April 22, which completely wrecked his car.
He was rushed to hospital and released the day – but Bruno was still missing.
Hussein stuck up missing posters near the accident site, in Swindon, Wilts., and posted online, but after two weeks with no news he began losing hope.
Amazingly, on Wednesday evening, the search came to a happy ending when the cute kitten was spotted running near the crash site by eagle-eyed driver Lee Palmer.
The beautiful Bengal, minus a few of his nine lives, has now been reunited with Hussein in London, who described the outcome as a miracle.
Hussein, who is still recovering from the crash, said he was overcome with emotion upon hearing his beloved pet had been found safe and well.
The software developer said: “I can’t put it into words. I had lost hope and to hear that he was OK made me so excited.
“I am so grateful to Lee for finding him, he has made me so happy again.”
Hussein was driving down the M4 when he suddenly lost control of his car and it collided with the central reservation before rolling over.
Hussein said: “As the car was rolling over I thought I was going to die.
“Fortunately I didn’t collide with anyone else, but my windscreen and windows smashed and Bruno must have been flung out.
“I was taken to hospital and let out the next day, but no one had seen Bruno.”
He added: “Without social media and the support I have received from so many kind hearted people I would never have got him home.
“I’ve had sleepless nights wondering if Bruno was safe and happy and now I can’t quite believe he is home.
“At first I didn’t want to get my hopes up because I had had calls before but everything matched up when I spoke to Lee, I knew it was him.
“I just fell to my knees and cuddled him when I saw him, there were tears of joy, I was starting to lose hope and now he’s back with me, I believe it is a miracle.
“He hasn’t left my side since he’s been home, he’s been constantly purring and he’s so happy to be back with me.”
Lee, of Royal Wootton Bassett, Wilts., spotted Bruno as he drove past the accident site.
He said: “I just knew I was going to find him, I feel like it was meant to be.
“Every time I drove past the accident site I would look out for him, but this time when I approached I saw a small tabby cat run out of the bushes onto the hard shoulder.
“I knew it was him and he was heading for lane one.
“I immediately swung into the hard shoulder – I wasn’t going to let him run out into the road during rush hour.
“I knelt down and called his name.
“He was a bit wary but when he heard his name he started yapping away, and nuzzling me, I grabbed him and he was purring away, I think he was just relieved he had been found.
“He was skin and bone when I picked him up. It’s obvious he hadn’t eaten so I got him some pouches which he wolfed down.”
After speaking with Hussein, it was confirmed the kitten was Bruno.
Lee added: “I said to his owner, ‘You have an amazing cat here.’
“The fact he’s managed to survive is absolutely incredible. He’s so resilient.”