A KIRKCALDY cat has lost one of its nine lives - but is feline fine after clutching to the side of a van for more than seven miles.
Maisie, a 16-month-old rescue cat, was knocked down by a van on Oriel Road two weeks ago.
The driver got out to see if she was alright, but the moggy was nowhere to be seen.
But when the van stopped again in Burntisland, Maisie crawled out from underneath having clung on for seven miles – and survived!
Her owner Ronnie Stuart, who lives on Dunbar Place, told the Press this week when he was told Maisie was run over, and was in Burntisland, he admitted he was confused, but knew it had to be his cat as she had a labelled collar.
He said: “A woman said she was calling from Burntisland. which was a shock as we live in Kirkcaldy.
‘‘On our way there, we were baffled as to why Maisie was now in Burntisland.
“When we arrived, Maisie was cowering up against the wall of the bank. One of the women told us she was limping badly.
‘‘When we asked why they had brought her to Burntisland before calling, they told us that they had hit a cat in Oriel Road in Kirkcaldy and, when they got out of the van in Burntisland, Maisie appeared from underneath it.
“We were stunned she had managed to cling on for about seven miles with a badly damaged leg.”
Ronnie and wife Alana took Maisie straight to the out-of-hours vet, who confirmed she had broken her leg and they could decide either to have it amputated or have the fracture repaired by experts.
The couple, who got Maisie from a rescue centre, decided her desire to live was too great to ignore, and said her seven-mile cling to the van made them sure she deserved the best chance of recovery - despite vets bills spiralling to around £3000.
Ronnie added: “She is recovering well and has pins going through her leg and hock bones.
“They have to stay in place for five weeks, but she has a good chance of a full recovery.
‘‘We let her out of the house for a bit of exercise - already she’s trying to climb the fence again!”