A KITTEN has lost its fight for life after spending two days stuck inside a car engine.

The ginger-white fluffball, nicknamed Brolga, rode around in the engine compartment as the driver tried to work out what the noise was.

When he eventually realised he had a feline passenger the young man called firefighters to free the traumatised animal.

The driver, who lives in Skipton, believes the six-week-old kitten was a stray he had spotted in Malham.

Chris Rawnsley, from Keighley Cat Care which tried to save the kitten, said the driver could hear a noise as he drove around but initially could not see anything.

She said: “I think Brolga had crawled up underneath the car. He was traumatised, terrified, dehydrated, and covered in oil. The vets did everything they could, but sadly he did not make it."

Mrs Rawnsley named the kitten after a man called Brolga, who is also known as Kangaroo Dundee for his work running a kangaroo sanctuary in Australia.