Oil drenched kitten with hours left to live is found dumped in barrel

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Animal rescuers who found a dark black kitten stuck in an oil barrel cleaned him up to discover he was bright ginger.

The five-week-old kitten was plucked from a container covered in the thick black substance - and struggling to keep his head above the surface.

He looked so dark and unhappy RSPCA officials nicknamed him 'Gollum' - until they gave him a thorough wash.

They discovered underneath the dark mess was a cute ginger cat which had got stuck in the drum on industrial estate in Watford.

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It is not known if the animal got himself stranded or was dumped in the oil container.