Three abandoned kittens are lucky to be alive thanks to a Good Samaritan cyclist who sought help for them - despite being injured himself.
Christopher Hayes was cycling home from work in the early hours when he hit a cardboard box at the side of the road in the busy town of Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire.
His front wheel buckled and he came off his bike. But despite hurting his leg, he leapt into action when three small kittens emerged from the broken box.
Christopher said: “I was shocked to see these little frightened kittens appear when my bike hit the box and was really worried they had been injured, especially one who seemed to be squinting.
“I scooped them up and secured them inside my jacket so that they wouldn’t run away or get hit by a car. I picked up another box from my house to and took them to Blue Cross to be checked over.”
The kittens, named Michelangelo, Donatello and April after plucky characters in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles films, are about five weeks old.
All three helpless kittens have sore weepy eyes and are being treated for conjunctivitis at our Grimsby animal hospital, as well as fleas and worms. They were very hungry, too.
Once they are well enough, Michelangelo, Donatello and April will go to the Blue Cross rehoming scheme at Grimsby College where they will begin their search for loving new homes.
Tracy Nicholson, Veterinary Nurse at Blue Cross Grimsby said: “We are so grateful to Christopher whose quick thinking and actions manage to save the lives of these little kittens.
“While the road at the time would have been quiet, just a couple of hours later and these kittens would have been in very grave danger from traffic.
“Christopher is a local pet hero!”