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Kitten stowaways found after long journey in steel column

The five kittens stowed away inside a steel column on a 400-mile trip to San Diego Photo: San Diego Humane Society/AP

Five kittens that stowed away on a 400-mile trip to San Diego are looking for new homes in the US.

San Diego Humane Society said the kittens wound up inside a 60ft steel column that travelled on a truck from Hayward in the San Francisco Bay area to San Diego.

The were found inside a a 60ft steel column Credit: San Diego Humane Society/AP

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 was unclear whether the stowaways got aboard in Hayward or somewhere along the route.

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The kittens are now in foster care and will be ready for adoption in a couple of months.

They have been given appropriate construction names: Crowbar, Rebar, Chisel, Jackhammer and Piper.