Wiltshire

Kitten reunited with owner after M4 car crash

Hussein Sharaf and his cat Bruno Image copyright Hussein Sharaf
Image caption Hussein Sharaf has been reunited with his five-month-old cat Bruno

A kitten which was flung from a car in a motorway crash has been reunited with its owner after a public appeal.

Hussein Sharaf's car overturned on the M4 two weeks ago and five-month-old Bruno was thrown into the road.

The 22-year-old said he had lost hope of finding his pet after an initial search proved fruitless.

But the pair have now been reunited thanks to determined volunteers from social media groups and pet websites.

The tabby-Bengal mix was spotted by a member of the public on Wednesday next to the motorway in Wiltshire.

He was said to be "hungry but OK".

Image copyright Hussein Sharaf
Image caption Bruno was "hungry but OK" after his motorway crash ordeal

Mr Sharaf's car crashed into the central reservation near Royal Wootton Bassett, launching the cat carrier into the middle lane of the motorway.

A policeman told the software developer he had seen the animal "flee in fear".

After his release from hospital, Mr Sharaf was joined by members of 'lost and found' websites and Facebook groups in the search for the missing cat.

Image copyright Hussein Sharaf
Image caption Mr Sharaf's car hit the central reservation and overturned, flinging his cat carrier out of a broken window

But he said it was "like searching for a needle in a haystack" and he reluctantly returned to his home in London.

However, volunteers continued the search and put up posters until Bruno was spotted 12 days later by motorist Lee Palmer.

"I'd been looking out for him daily on my journey home... and managed to stop and coax him towards me," he said.

"I got him home and fed him as he was skin and bone as he'd clearly not been eating."

Mr Sharaf added: "It just goes to show that there are such amazing people in this world.

"Not just Lee but all the lovely volunteers who went out looking for him."

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