09/05/2012 12:29 pm ET

Kitten Goes For 100-Mile Ride On NY Woman's Bumper


By The Associated Press and The Huffington Post

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. — A woman says a 6-week-old kitten hitched a ride on the outside of her vehicle as she drove about 100 miles over upstate New York roads.

Stacey Pulsifer told the Press Republican that she heard meows but weren't sure where they were coming from.

She asked two friends to help her search the vehicle. They finally found the kitten wedged behind a bumper and had to cut it free.

"It was pitch black, and you couldn’t see anything. And she is all black, so it was extra hard to see her," Pulsifer told the paper.

Pulsifer has since adopted the hitchhiker and named it Pumpkin. She estimates the lucky black cat was lodged in the car for about 22 hours and traveled some 100 miles. She suffered a broken paw during the ride.

The kitten's front leg is totally useless as a result of the injury, but Pumpkin doesn't know that yet.

"She’s perfectly fine. But she will need to have her front leg amputated when she gets a little older,” Pulsifer told the Press Republican. "But it really doesn’t slow her down any."