Royal Navy Pilot Dismantles BMW To Free A Trapped Kitten… And It’s Love At First Sight

Written by: Adri Sandoval
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| Published on September 2, 2017

Lieutenant Nick Grimmer, a pilot with the Royal Navy, was driving from Birmingham to Cornwall – a 300 mile route via Bristol and Bath. During his trip he heard a faint mewing coming from somewhere in his BMW.

He told Royal Navy News, “I looked in the boot, under the bonnet and climbed all over and under it and still couldn’t find what was making the noise. I called up some of our air engineers who came and helped me to start dismantling my pride and joy. On taking off the rear bumper we were greeted by a tiny tiger-striped kitten.”

The teeny kitten survived the long trip inside Lt. Grimmer’s car uninjured. To avoid being late to work, he took the kitten along with him and allowed it to curl up and sleep inside his flying helmet – his preferred sleeping spot from then on!

Lt. Grimmer’s squadron (known as the Flying Tigers) dubbed the kitten “Tigger” and launched “Operation Tiger Kitten,” determined to find his family before the week was out. Depending on your outlook, the mission could be considered a failure or a success. A family never came forward to claim the kitten, but Lt. Grimmer has since adopted him!

The two were even featured on the cover of the 2017 Flying Tigers and Kittens Calendar, which raised money for the RNRMC (and is, unfortunately, no longer available.)

Lt. Nick Grimmer may have a new pride and joy in his life now. BMWs come rolling off a factory line, but kittens as cute and cuddly as Tigger are REALLY special!


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