The small gray-and-white stowaway wasn't a kitten, but it wasn't a full-grown cat, either.
But the cat's size was just right for getting stuck in the engine compartment — and it wasn't coming out, at least not without some coaxing and nifty automobile repair expertise from Phelps firefighters.
Rescue crews were called shortly after noon Saturday to a gas station on Route 96 for the report.
The driver, whose name was not immediately available Saturday, drove to the station, but only heard the cat meowing after arriving, according to firefighter Phil Frere, who was one of four firefighters who responded to the scene. The driver was not the owner of the cat, which was freed in about 10 minutes. Firefighters first had to remove the vehicle's battery and move other parts around in order to get to the cat.