Three litters of kittens that survived being abandoned under a bin in Gayton by huddling together for warmth have been taken in by the RSPCA.
A dog walker spotted the 12 kittens on Monday where they had been left under a dog waste bin in Well Hall Lane in the village and called the team at RSPCA Rehoming Centre at Eau Brink.
Animal Centre Manager Penny Skate said: “Our local inspector went out straight away and found the kittens in a pile, that is probably what saved their life, they had huddled together for warmth. We have no idea how long they were there.
“With so many kittens we know there must have been at least three separate lots of kittens from three different mothers.”
She added: “The gentleman who found the kittens said he wanted to take them home but he didn’t have enough pockets.”
The kittens ranged from just two weeks old to five weeks, with a mix of tabby cats, black and white, and grey and white in colour.
They have now been taken in by one of the volunteers at the rehoming centre, who lives nearby and can give them round-the-clock care.