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Man & kitten inseparable after rescue

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Moreno Valley, California (KWWL) -

A stray cat, a parked truck and a road trip.

Put them together and you've got a dangerous combination.

In this case, a close call ends with a new home for a kitten.

David Pilgrim says when he started his truck on Monday in California, he thought he heard something.

"I told my wife about it and she thought I was crazy because she didn't hear it," said Pilgrim.

They kept driving... and were about to get on the freeway for a 70-mile trip when he heard it again.

"When I heard it the second time, yes, yes, I knew absolutely there was something there," said Pilgrim.

They stopped at a Valvoline where a helpful employee checked under their hood.... and there she was.

"It was crazy when I first saw her underneath there running around because it was hot. I couldn't get to her because she was by the exhaust," said Pilgrim.

She was in good health... just really thirsty.

The family has now adopted her and named her Valvoline, or Val for short.

After just a few days in her new home, she rarely wants to leave her rescuer's side.

"I think she knows that she's safe, she found a comfortable place to be instead of underneath the car in the heat," said Pilgrim.

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