These 5 Furry Stowaways Just Took a 400-Mile Trip

Meet Crowbar, Rebar, Chisel, Jackhammer, and Piper.
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 18, 2019 9:00 AM CDT
This May 2019 photo from the San Diego Humane Society shows one of five kittens that had stowed away on a 400-mile trip to San Diego being bottle-fed at the organization's San Diego office.   (San Diego Humane Society via AP)
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(Newser) – Five kittens that stowed away on a 400-mile trip to San Diego are looking for new homes. The San Diego Humane Society says the kittens somehow wound up inside a 60-foot steel column that was trucked from Hayward in the San Francisco Bay Area to San Diego, per the AP. On April 24, construction workers building new Kaiser Permanente medical offices heard meows coming from the column. Per a release from the Humane Society, the workers tried to coax the stowaways out with food, but to no avail.

That's when they tilted the column and the week-old kittens slid out. It's unclear whether the stowaways came aboard in Hayward or somewhere along the route. The kittens, who are believed to be about 4 weeks old, are now in foster care and will be ready for adoption in another four weeks or so. And they've been given appropriate construction names: Crowbar, Rebar, Chisel, Jackhammer, and Piper.

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