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Kitten avoids cat-astrophe after being found on long-distance train

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A tiny tabby was saved by station staff after being discovered on a train at Birmingham New Street Station.

The cat was discovered at night on a CrossCountry service on Tuesday, 24 August, looked after by staff, and taken to a vet the next morning for treatment.

St George’s Vets in Wolverhampton said the cat, which was male and about five weeks old, had been frightened by his journey on the train but was well.

Jess McLoughlin-Carroll, Network Rail.

Jess McLoughlin-Carroll, shift station manager at Birmingham New Street, said: “We have no idea how this kitten came to be on the train, but because of its size we think it’s very unlikely it made it aboard on its own.

“An animal so small wouldn’t have survived long alone, especially in the dangerous environment of the railway. He’s very young to have used up one of its nine lives already, but fortunately we got to him in time and he’s now receiving the care he needs until we can find him his fur-ever home.”

He’s developed something of a fanbase on Twitter, with many asking if they can adopt him.

The abandoned kitten has been a hit on Twitter, following this video posted by the Birmingham New Street team at Network Rail.

It’s not the first time that cats have caused a stir at Network Rail stations: in March a headline-grabbing tabby at London Euston sat on top of an Avanti West Coast train refusing to budge for hours. Meanwhile a missing cat called Storm, who vanished on Christmas Day in Erdington in Birmingham, was reunited with its owner after turning up at Birmingham New Street nearly a month later.

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