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One-week-old kittens survive 500-mile journey in steel column

A litter of kittens managed to survive inside a 60ft (18m) steel column on the back of a construction lorry on a 500-mile (804km) journey.

Construction workers in California were shocked to find the litter on their lorry when they arrived in San Diego, having driven from Hayward, 500 miles away.

The kittens were inside a steel column. Pic: San Diego Humane Society
Image: The kittens were inside a steel column. Pic: San Diego Humane Society
The kittens are doing well, according to the society. Pic: San Diego Humane Society
Image: The kittens are doing well, according to the society. Pic: San Diego Humane Society

San Diego Humane Society said the workers had arrived at a new site for medical offices when they heard meowing.

They tried to coax the kittens out with food but had to tip the column to get them out.

One of the workers with a kitten. Pic: San Diego Humane Society
Image: One of the workers with a kitten. Pic: San Diego Humane Society
The kittens will be offered for adoption in four weeks' time. Pic: San Diego Humane Society
Image: The kittens will be offered for adoption in four weeks' time. Pic: San Diego Humane Society

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Five kittens slid out and were picked up by officers from the society.

The kittens were one-week-old when they were picked up and have been in their care for the past three weeks.

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There were three males and two females in the litter. Pic: San Diego Humane Society
Image: There were three males and two females in the litter. Pic: San Diego Humane Society

The litter is made up of three males and two females and have been named after construction tools – Crowbar, Rebar, Chisel, Jackhammer and Piper.

The society said they are doing well in their foster homes and will be put up for adoption at eight weeks old.

They have been in foster care for three weeks. Pic: San Diego Humane Society
Image: They have been in foster care for three weeks. Pic: San Diego Humane Society
One of the kittens which survived the journey. Pic: San Diego Humane Society
Image: One of the kittens which survived the journey. Pic: San Diego Humane Society

Two of the construction workers have said they are interested in adopting when the kittens are old enough.

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