Unfortunately, though, neither the person who had first seen the creature, nor anyone else present at the scene, could free her themselves. As a result, they took the decision to simply transport the wheel – trapped animal and all – to Pieper Memorial. The family also called ahead so that the vets there knew what to expect once they arrived.
However, the forewarning did little to temper the center staff’s shock when the animal arrived. “We didn’t know how she was stuck – or how big of a tire it was,” Jesse Ferguson, marketing manager at Pieper Memorial Veterinary Center, told The Dodo in November 2017. “It was a surprise [therefore] when they walked into the lobby with a full-sized car tire.”
It may even have been the case that the tire looked particularly large by comparison to the tiny animal it had ensnared. That’s because the creature was in fact a four-month-old kitten called Cookie. And it’s likely that she had given her family quite the scare when they had found her head jammed inside the wheel.