Ten tiny kittens were dumped in a field in West Norfolk, the RSPCA has said – leading to one of them to die before being discovered.
The kittens, thought to be no more than a month old, had been placed in a box before being left in the field at Gunthorpe Road, Walpole Marsh.
When discovered early on Monday last week by a passing farm worker, one of the kittens was already dead.
The other nine were all suffering from severe conjunctivitis and dehydration.
The RSPCA were called and took the kittens to the vet for treatment.
RSPCA inspector Justin Stubbs said: “Someone went out of their way to abandon these kittens in a field well off the beaten track.
“If this passing man had not spotted them and thought to take them to safety and call us they could have potentially suffered a slow lingering death out there. He saved their lives.”
The kittens – a mixture of tabby, black and two gingers – are recovering from their ordeal at Cats Protection’s Peterborough branch and will soon be needing new homes.
The box is thought to have come from a smallholding or farm related environment as inside it there was a duck egg and a bag with remnants of piglet food inside. Anyone with any information should contact 0300 123 8018.
To register an interest in adopting any of them please contact the branch on 0845 371 2750 or email firstname.lastname@example.org