Stowaway kittens rescued from steel column after epic California road trip

It’s not clear how they got there, but five teeny kittens are lucky to be alive thanks to some compassionate construction workers.

The week-old kittens somehow found themselves inside a 60-foot-long, 14,000-pound steel column on a construction site in San Diego. As far as anyone can tell, the kittens had travelled some 500 miles from  Hayward in northern California.

Back on April 24 construction workers on a Kaiser Permanente Clairemont Mesa Medical Offices building site heard some meowing from inside a column. They tilted it up and out slid the kittens.

“We gotta save them,” DPR Construction worker Evan McColl recalled later.

The five hitchhiking kittens were about one week old when they were found. San Diego Humane Society/Twitter

The construction workers called the San Diego Humane Society with their discovery.

“No matter how big and burly some guy is,” McColl told the humane society later. “We had the giant iron workers out here who became like little kids holding these tiny little kittens wanting to look after them. It felt kind of cool for me because I got to go home to my daughter and say, ‘Daddy rescued some kittens today.’ So she was super stoked on it.”

The humane society only shared the rescue story this week.

Fittingly, the wayward cats were named for where they were found: Crowbar, Rebar, Chisel, Jackhammer and Piper.

The three males and two females are now about 4-weeks-old and are thriving in foster care. They will be ready for adoption at about eight weeks.

Crowbar, Rebar, Chisel, Jackhammer and Piper are ridiculously cute. San Diego Humane Society

Two of the construction workers now hope they are chosen to bring a kitten home.

It’s not known what happened to the mother cat.

Photos San Diego Humane Society

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