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Kittens saved from scrap vehicle

The kittens were discovered at Noble Auto Salvage yard in Kirkcaldy, Fife

Four kittens have been saved from the boot of a car which was about to be scrapped in Fife.

Workers at Noble Auto Salvage yard in Kirkcaldy found the unexpected passengers in the boot.

The five-week-old kittens appear to have got into the vehicle 300 miles away in Chester, before it was put on the back of a car transporter.

They are now being cared for by the Scottish SPCA's Angus, Fife and Tayside animal rescue and rehoming centre.

Car transporter

Insp Steven Gray, of the Scottish SPCA, said: "While it's standard for vehicles to be checked before they are scrapped, these kittens were still really lucky.

"At some point they've been separated from their mother, though we can't be sure where.

"They were almost certainly in the car when it was loaded onto the transporter in Chester because there was no means for their mother to have got them into the boot in Kirkcaldy.

"All four are fit and healthy and as they're around five weeks old we'll find them new homes in a month's time.

"We've named them Sasha, Suki, Glen and Cole and they're really friendly."

It's the second time workers at the yard have rescued animals from a car due to be scrapped.

In July four wagtail chicks were found under a car bonnet.

One of the four survived and was released back into the wild.

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