Firefighters name kitten Porsche after rescuing her from a car engine

PHOTO: Firefighter Eric Fillyaw helped rescue a kitten from the engine of a 2016 Porsche Cayenne in the Galleria Mall parking lot in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on April 13, 2017. PlayFort Lauderdale Fire Rescue
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A 6-week-old kitten named Porsche has a new lease on life thanks to a quick-thinking firefighter.

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On Thursday, the owner of a 2016 Porsche Cayenne called 911 after hearing meows coming from the car's engine. Firefighters responded to the call, arriving at the Galleria mall parking lot in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. They worked for an hour before they were finally able to free the kitten from underneath the car's hood, Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Timothy Heiser told ABC News.

PHOTO: Eric Fillyaw helped rescue a kitten from the engine of a 2016 Porsche Cayenne in the Galleria Mall parking lot in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on April 13, 2017. Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue
Eric Fillyaw helped rescue a kitten from the engine of a 2016 Porsche Cayenne in the Galleria Mall parking lot in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on April 13, 2017.

"Firefighter Eric Fillyaw, he's a mechanical guy — he saw some fur in the motor first and basically said, 'The only way we can get this cat out is we're going to have to take the car apart,'" Heiser said. "The [car owner] was great. He said, 'Just go ahead and do it.'"

Fillyaw told ABC News that he removed panels around the engine in order to remove the kitten. The animal may have gotten stuck while searching for shelter, he said.

PHOTO: Eric Fillyaw, who helped rescue the kitten, brought it home to his daughter, Ainsley, 3, and the family named their new pet Porsche. Courtesy Eric Fillyaw
Eric Fillyaw, who helped rescue the kitten, brought it home to his daughter, Ainsley, 3, and the family named their new pet Porsche.

After rescuing her, Fillyaw, a father of two, knew just where to take her. He took the feline home to his 3-year-old daughter, Ainsley.

The family named the kitten Porsche, Fillyaw said.

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