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'DWTS' Heroes

Rescue Kitten Trapped In Car Engine!!

8/21/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

082014_dwts_cat_launchCat-astrophe avoided at "Dancing With the Stars" -- when a stowaway kitten that had been stuck inside a car's motor was rescued by two PAs -- who heard the engine purring -- literally.

Production sources tell us ... the PAs heard noises from a random vehicle on the lot. They walked up to the car and heard the meows ... then discovered a kitten trapped under the hood. 

Interesting Fact: Cats are known to climb near car engines to stay warm at night.

Back to the story ... The PAs tried luring the critter out with tuna ... when that didn't work, one of them crawled under the car, reached into the engine compartment and snatched the kitty.

The most amazing part ... the heroes believe the stray was inside the engine when the driver took the car from the San Fernando Valley to Hollywood.

The DWTS wardrobe dept. is now caring for the cat ... which they've named Steve ... and he's feel-ine fine.

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Jordan    

At least something got saved from that Lame Show.

27 days ago
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TMZCrazy    

Thank you! Love cats!

27 days ago
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BillyBob Again    

I would have named the cat 'Tony

26 days ago
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Jaslene    

Put it to sleep?! A perfectly healthy kitten? Blue ugly, I am voting to put you to sleep! Unbelievable.

26 days ago
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Nestlé    

Aw!

26 days ago
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Brial92    

This is awkward.. I rescued 2 kittens on July 4th and I didn't get a tmz article..

26 days ago
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NoWorries    

Who cares. It's a damn cat!!!

26 days ago
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Noog    

Awwwwww poor kitty. ♡ furballs

26 days ago
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The Zombie    

Geez. The engine BAY. The cat was in the engine BAY, not in the engine.

26 days ago
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James R. - Los Angeles    

The car must have been a Cat-illac.

26 days ago
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Glory Bee    

Hooray! Dey save de kitteh! thank you for this happy article. "fee-line fine" hehehe

26 days ago
12.

atomicplaygirl    

Hoo and Ray!

26 days ago
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There's a problem here    

I consider myself reasonably intelligent but where I come from a PA is a state or a physician's assistant. What is the PA to which you refer?

26 days ago
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Tom    

The cat was under the hood. Not in the engine. Do you all know what the engine is? its not the area under the hood. Its that thing that makes noise when you start it. (Have to dumb it down so they understand the difference between an engine compartment and the actual engine.)

26 days ago
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thatoneperson    

Same thing happened to my husband a few days ago. Turned the car on and heard purring. Turned car off to check. Saw cat under car, tried to lure it out but didn't budge. Husband backed the car a little. Cat ran away and another cat jumped out of the bottom of the car with the half of it's tail skinned. And by cat I mean kitten. Dumb kittens.

26 days ago
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