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Can I hitch a ride with you? Stowaway kittens from Poland


A lorry driver travelling from Poland to the UK had a shock when he found four stowaway kittens in the back of his lorry. 

Stowaway kittens cuddled up together in the palm of hands © RSPCA

The kittens, at only two weeks old, travelled through Poland, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, France and the English Channel before ending up in their final destination of Northampton – a journey of over 1,000 miles

The driver, from Dynamic Officer Solutions, in Northampton, called us after discovering the young kittens on Wednesday, 17 May, and an inspector went to retrieve the little ones.

The four youngsters are now in foster care with our Northamptonshire branch, where they are being hand-reared and receiving feeds every two hours. In keeping with the European theme, they have been named after Eurovision stars ABBA –  Björn, Benny, Agnetha and Anni-Frid.

Dedicated care

Dawn Smith, animal welfare manager at the branch, said:

These kittens are lucky to be alive, having travelled so far with no food in the back of a cold lorry. Our biggest concern right now is ensuring they pull through as, at only two weeks old, they’re very young to be away from their mum.

Our dedicated foster carer will have her work cut out hand-rearing them over the next seven weeks, until they are ready for adoption.

The branch has seen a big influx of kittens this spring, particularly hand-reared kittens which take more time and dedication to care for. The branch is responsible for raising all its own funds for the animals in its care and relies on donations from members of the public to exist.

If you're thinking of adopting a kitten, please take a look at our kitten care guides to ensure you can provide a happy home.

Donate for their care 

Dedicated care will be required to ensure these kittens are raised healthy and happy. To donate to the care of Björn, Benny, Agnetha and Anni-Frid text MEOW17 plus the amount you’d like to donate to 70070. Alternatively you can donate online to support our other vital work.

(Texts cost your donation + one standard network rate message. Text to donate terms and conditions).

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