A fundraising appeal has been launched to raise money for four kittens who hitched a ride to the UK from Poland on the back of a lorry.

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The two-week-old kittens, who have been named after ABBA stars Björn, Benny, Agnetha and Anni-Frid, were found by the shocked lorry driver on his arrival in Northampton on Wednesday.

They had survived the 1,000-mile journey, where they travelled through Poland, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, France and the English Channel.

They were picked up by the RSPCA, and have now had to go into quarantine via Trading Standards. They are expected to be in quarantine for up to four months, which is expected to cost the RSPCA’s Northamptonshire branch in the region of £2,500.

Jaymi Wilmin, fundraising manager at the branch, said: “This is standard procedure which we are required to follow by law.

“It will not be cheap to pay for this and we are looking at costs of £2,500. This includes boarding, ID chips, release forms, rabies vaccinations, pet passports, bloods, worming and flea treatment, plus an admin fee. We are appealing for people to donate if they can.

“We will ensure that these babies are properly looked after during their quarantine period, as they are at such a young and delicate age.

“Once the kittens have gone through the required quarantine period and procedures, they will be returned into the care of the branch, where they will be available for rehoming.”

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.

To donate to the care and quarantine costs of Björn, Benny, Agnetha and Anni-Frid text ‘MEOW17’ plus the amount to 70070 (e.g. by texting ‘MEOW17 £5’ to 70070 would donate £5 towards their care).

You can also donate via the branch’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RSPCANorthamptonshire, or on the branch’s website at www.rspca-northamptonshire.org.uk/donate.

Cheques can also be sent to the branch at Mill Cottage, Creaton Road, Brixworth, NN6 9BW.