A kitten was discovered hiding in the bumper of a car after miraculously surviving a 300-mile journey.
The feline stowaway, which has now been named Tigger, was only found by Navy helicopter pilot Nick Grimmer when he heard “a very quiet meowing” the day after his trip.
Mr Grimmer had been travelling from Birmingham Airport to the Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose, near Helston in Cornwall.
The 32-year-old, who flies submarine-hunting Merlin helicopters with 814 Naval Air Squadron, known as the Flying Tigers, uncovered the furry hitchhiker in the rear bumper of his BMW.
He said: “I'd landed at Birmingham after a holiday and travelled via Bristol and Bath before arriving in Cornwall quite late.
“I looked in the boot, under the bonnet and climbed all over and under it and still couldn't find what was making the noise.
“I called up some of our air engineers who came and helped me to start dismantling my pride and joy. On taking off the rear bumper we were greeted by a tiny tiger-striped kitten.
“He must have had a long journey, but remarkably is unharmed. I am never late for work and was left with no option but to take my new friend in with me.
“The place he has felt most comfortable is in my flying helmet, which is the only place he is able to sleep.”
The squadron wasted no time in naming the tiny creature Tigger, not least because he has markings similar to their multimillion-pound grey and white helicopters.
Efforts are now being made to trace the kitten's owners.
Commander Brendan Spoors, Commanding Officer of the Flying Tigers, said that the kitten must have an owner somewhere between the base and Birmingham, and that his team has been instructed to launch “Operation Tiger Kitten”.
With the help of social media, they are hoping to be “mission complete” by the end of the week.
But Commander Spoors added that his team would be more than happy to adopt Tigger as a mascot if they were unable to track down an owner.