Five stowaway kittens from Hayward rescued in San Diego – East Bay Times

Five stowaway kittens from Hayward rescued in San Diego - East Bay Times

Kittens Discovered Stowed Away in Steel Column After Nearly 500-Mile Trip Down California Coast

Five 1-week-old kittens were found inside a construction column in San Diego, 500 miles from where they started in Hayward. The kittens survived the journey and are being cared for by San Diego Humane Society. (Courtesy of the San Diego Humane Society)

Five 1-week-old kittens were found inside a construction column in San Diego, 500 miles from where they started in Hayward. The kittens survived the journey and are being cared for by San Diego Humane Society. (Courtesy of the San Diego Humane Society)

Five 1-week-old kittens were found inside a construction column in San Diego, 500 miles from where they started in Hayward. The kittens survived the journey and are being cared for by San Diego Humane Society. (Courtesy of the San Diego Humane Society)

image/svg+xml Why you can trust Sky News 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.

Five 1-week-old kittens were found inside a construction column in San Diego, 500 miles from where they started in Hayward. The kittens survived the journey and are being cared for by San Diego Humane Society. (Courtesy of the San Diego Humane Society)

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.

Five 1-week-old kittens were found inside a construction column in San Diego, 500 miles from where they started in Hayward. The kittens survived the journey and are being cared for by San Diego Humane Society. (Courtesy of the San Diego Humane Society)

Five 1-week-old kittens were found inside a construction column in San Diego, 500 miles from where they started in Hayward. The kittens survived the journey and are being cared for by San Diego Humane Society. (Courtesy of the San Diego Humane Society)

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

Five 1-week-old kittens were found inside a construction column in San Diego, 500 miles from where they started in Hayward. The kittens survived the journey and are being cared for by San Diego Humane Society. (Courtesy of the San Diego Humane Society)

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

Five 1-week-old kittens were found inside a construction column in San Diego, 500 miles from where they started in Hayward. The kittens survived the journey and are being cared for by San Diego Humane Society. (Courtesy of the San Diego Humane Society)

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

Five 1-week-old kittens were found inside a construction column in San Diego, 500 miles from where they started in Hayward. The kittens survived the journey and are being cared for by San Diego Humane Society. (Courtesy of the San Diego Humane Society)

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

Five 1-week-old kittens were found inside a construction column in San Diego, 500 miles from where they started in Hayward. The kittens survived the journey and are being cared for by San Diego Humane Society. (Courtesy of the San Diego Humane Society)

DPR Construction workers had no idea what was hiding inside the column until they went to place the 60-foot steel column and heard frantic meows from inside. They tried to reach into the column to get the kittens, but they were too far inside the column for the workers to grab them.

When trying to lure them out with food also failed, they used a crane to gently tip the column up, and out slid the scruffy, hungry and frightened stowaways.

The workers rushed to collect them and try to calm them while someone contacted the San Diego Humane Society, which rushed to the rescue. The kittens were admitted to the Humane Societys Kitten Nursery for 24-hour care.

Workers said the kittens had been without food and water for at least two days, but they survived the ordeal and are thriving in foster care. When the kittens are 8 weeks old, theyll be available for adoption. Two of the construction workers already have spoken up about taking one each.

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Had the workers not heard the kittens, they would have been trapped inside the column when it was installed.

Humane Society workers have given the kittens appropriate names — Crowbar, Rebar, Chisel, Jackhammer and Piper.

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