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

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.

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The driver, from Dynamic Officer Solutions, in Northampton, called the RSPCA after discovering the young kittens yesterday (17 May), and an inspector went to retrieve the little ones.

The four youngsters are now in foster care with the RSPCA 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.

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.

To donate to the care of Björn, Benny, Agnetha and Anni-Frid text MEOW17 plus the amount you’d like to donate to 70070.

For more information on getting involved with the charity, including volunteering as a fosterer, visit www.rspca-northamptonshire.org.uk.