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Kitten On The Golden Gate Bridge: Stowaway Animal Survives Hair-Raising Ride

03/22/12 02:14 PM ET  AP

Kitten Golden Gate Bridge

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. -- A stowaway kitten is safe despite taking an 85-mile ride in a van's engine compartment that included a trip across California's Golden Gate Bridge.

A Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter spokesman says the 8-month-old female feline was probably just looking for a warm place to sleep.

He didn't stop until he reached a gas station in the beachfront city, where he heard a distinct meowing. He opened the hood and found the kitten with a blue, studded collar and blue bell but no identification.

The shelter is trying to locate the owner.

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Filed by Carly Schwartz  |