Sometimes it doesn’t take much to go from the streets to stardom, but this kitten had a long road to get there—a 300-mile one, to be exact. After being discovered inside of the bumper of a naval helicopter pilot’s car, this adorable face became the cover of a charity calendar for the Royal Navy.
According to the Royal Navy’s website, Lt. Nick Grimmer didn’t notice the kitten until the day after its journey in the bumper of his BMW. Grimmer heard a quiet meowing from his car and searched it all over, unable to find where the noise was coming from.
Here’s how Grimmer told the story, according to the website:
“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.”
Grimmer and the squadron—which flies submarine-hunting Merlin helicopters with the 814 Naval Air Squadron, also known as the “Flying Tigers”—named the kitten “Tigger.” How fitting and adorable.
They launched an attempt on social media to find the kitten’s owners, calling it “Operation Tiger Kitten.” When that failed, the Telegraph reports that Grimmer adopted the kitten and the two soon made the cover of the 2017 Royal Navy and Marines charity calendar that features a kitten in all of its pictures.
Speaking of pictures...