1. ITV Report

Kick Buttowski the cat lives up to daredevil name after surviving motorway trip clinging to van roof

Kick Buttowski managed to cling to the top of the van despite a trip on the M1. Photo: Bell Brown and Bentley Veterinary Surgeons

Daredevil cat, Kick Buttowski, lived up to his name after surviving a trip down the motorway stuck on the top of a van

The black and white moggie is named after a cartoon stuntman and somehow managed to cling on to a ladder on the top of the van during the hair-raising journey from Melton Mowbray to the M69, via the M1.

The cat has now been reunited with his young owner, five-year-old Connor Russell, after his mother spotted an appeal on Facebook by vets in Leicester.Amanda Walker, a nurse at Bell, Brown and Bentley Veterinary Surgery, said they got a phone call on Friday from a woman who said she had found a cat on the roof of a van:

The woman sounded a bit embarrassed - as if we were not going to believe her story. She told us she had stopped off at a garage on her way back to Leicester and found a cat on her roof.

She said she had got a few flashes from motorists as she was travelling along the motorway so pulled over to see if there was anything wrong with her van. When she got out she found the cat clinging onto the roof.

The nurse said Kick, who was uninjured, was very relaxed when he arrived at the vets: "He was in a better state than we'd expected. We thought he would be very distressed but he was very relaxed. He was wide-eyed but very friendly."

Kick Buttowski was reunited with his young owner after a Facebook appeal. Credit: Bell Brown and Bentley Veterinary Surgeons

The vets put a picture of the cat on their Facebook page, appealing for its owner to come forward.

Ellise Pepper, from Melton, contacted the vets to say it was her son's cat after spotting the appeal on the social networking site and has since collected the lucky cat.