FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – Fire rescue officials have a little advice before you start your car these days and that is to tap the hood.

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June 5, 2014: Firefighters rescued kittens trapped inside of a car’s engine compartment. (Source: Fort Lauderdale Fire Department)

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The reason is a recent rise in calls for animals trapped within vehicles.

June 5, 2014: Kittens rescued from a car's undercarriage are reunited with their owner and cleaned.  (Source: Fort Lauderdale Fire Department)

June 5, 2014: Kittens rescued from a car’s undercarriage are reunited with their owner and cleaned. (Source: Fort Lauderdale Fire Department)

The latest rescue took place Thursday morning at 2724 N Andrews Avenue in front of Las Colinas restaurant where two kittens were within a car’s engine area.

One of the kittens was trapped and required firefighters’ help to free it from the undercarriage of the car.

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The rescue had a happy ending.  Both kittens were reunited with their owner.

Firefighters said by tapping the hood of a car before starting the engine, it gives the animals a chance to get out or a chance to hear if one may be trapped and needs helped.

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