One Utah-based landscaping company uses CAT construction machinery on most of their jobs, so the crew knows exactly how the machines work and how they’re supposed to sound.
After a long day of work, 31-year-old Jose Arias, owner of Green Forest Landscaping, heard a strange noise coming from inside the CAT construction loader. The noise didn’t sound like a mechanical issue, but sounded like an animal was trapped inside the machine.
Arias called over five crew members and had them help him take apart the front of the machine since he was afraid an animal was trapped inside. About 20 minutes later, the crew managed to take apart the machine and discovered six three-week-old kittens.
“It’s not something you see every day — cats inside a CAT,” Arias said. “We don’t know how long they were in there, but it must have been awfully noisy and bumpy. My first thought was, ‘OK, now what? I don’t even have one cat. What am I going to do with six?”
Arias took the kittens home that night and called a local animal rescue group. However, when he got to work the next morning, he heard the mewing sound again. “We took apart the CAT loader again and there it was: one more kitten,” Arias said. “We’re not sure how we missed it the first time. We’re thinking that maybe the mother cat put the seventh kitten in the loader that night after we’d taken out the other cats.”
Arias brought the seven kittens to volunteers at the Ashley Valley Community Cats Rescue Center, who went back to the area and caught the kittens’ mother. “It’s not often that we’re surprised in the rescue world,” said Audrey Moulton, Utah County coordinator for the rescue group. “We like to think we’ve seen it all. But we were shocked to receive a call about a litter of kittens found inside a CAT machine that had been in use for most of the day.”
Watch the entire video below to see the moment these landscapers discover six kittens inside one of their CAT machines.
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[Featured image: Facebook/Ashley Valley Community Cats]