JournalismPakistan.com Aug 20, 2013
It happened this morning. He came downstairs from his flat to his car and just as he clicked the key to unlock it he heard a purring sound from the front. It wasn’t the engine because that hadn’t started yet so he opened the bonnet just to check and there inside, deep down under the carburetor were three little kittens, couldn’t be more than a few days old.
The more he tried to coax them out the deeper they shrank into the space. Half an hour later, half a dozen neighbors and friends had joined the rescue op and someone brought milk in a bowl hoping to lure the kittens out. But they would not budge. The executive now began reshuffling his appointments around and making calls apologizing to folks whom he was supposed to meet. Naturally, no one got upset and some even offered suggestions.
Another 30 minutes went past but the mewing kittens would not be enticed. Not even the milk helped. And even if it meant messing up one’s clothes by leaning over the engine they were out of the grasp, nestled under pipes and all those sealed elements that make up the horsepower under the hood.
Amazing, you’d think not, but it isn’t easy trying to get three little kittens out of the car. Last heard, Dubai taxi was coming to the rescue to get the owner to work and hope was being held out that mama cat would fetch up after everyone had dispersed and take her brood for walkies. Till then home is battery park.
Reminds me of the window AC at home in Delhi when we discovered a pigeon had hatched three chicks and there was nothing we could do because if we touched the nest they said the mum would desert the chicks…couldn’t take that chance. So, the AC stayed off for days. Now, we have netting over the coolers so they don’t turn into a home for birds and leave us sweltering.
(The writer is a Senior Editorial Advisor of Khaleej Times and the paper’s former Editor. He has also been the Editor of Gulf News, Gulf Today, Emirates Today and Bahrain Tribune)
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