Kitten stowaways found after long journey in steel column

This May, 2019 photo from the San Diego Humane Society shows five kittens that had that stowed away on a 400-mile trip to San Diego being cared for at the organization's San Diego office. (San Diego Humane Society via AP)

SAN DIEGO (AP) — 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.

On April 24, construction workers building new Kaiser Permanente medical offices heard meows coming from the column.

They tilted the column and the week-old kittens slid out. It's unclear whether the stowaways came aboard in Hayward of somewhere along the route.

Construction workers were shocked to discover a litter of kittens stowed away on their truck after driving from Hayward,...

Posted by San Diego Humane Society on Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The kittens are now in foster care and will be ready for adoption in another couple of months. Two of the construction workers have already shown an interest in giving the kittens a home.

And they've been given appropriate construction names: Crowbar, Rebar, Chisel, Jackhammer and Piper.

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