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ONTARIO: Stowaway kittens found in excavator safe with surrogate momma

Excavator travelled on transport truck — with kittens aboard — from Toronto to Sudbury

SUDBURY — Two small kittens have settled in with a new surrogate momma at a foster home after being found by construction workers in an excavator.

Mary-Anne Stonehouse, president of SAINTS (Safeguarding Animals In Need in Today's Society), a local animal rescue group, said she received a call about the kittens Monday evening at around 6:30 p.m.

They had been found in an excavator that had travelled on a flatbed transport truck from Toronto to Sudbury. Stonehouse figures they had been placed in an encasement near the excavator's turret by the mother cat.

One of the construction workers brought the kittens to the animal rescue group foster home where there's a mother cat who had just weaned her kittens (those kittens are about eight weeks old, and ready for adoption).

“We thought we'd try to see if she would take the kittens, and she did,” said Stonehouse.

“She took them as her own. Quite a bit of the time it won't work because the mother will reject the new kittens.”

Stonehouse said the two kittens, grey tabbies with medium length hair, are under four weeks of age. They were in reasonably good condition, although hungry.

“We'll get them healthy and fat,” she said.

“Once they're weaned from the surrogate mom, which shouldn't be too much longer we'll give them their shots and vaccines and de-worm and send them off to their forever home.”

If you're interested in pre-adopting one of these kittens or in adopting any of the other animals the group has up for adoption, visit either the SAINTS cat or SAINTS dog adoption websites.