A LITTER of kittens have been rescued from a skip in the Borders, the council has announced.

Eagle-eyed Scottish Borders Council employees pulled the three kittens to safety after the discovery at the waste transfer station in Galashiels.

The rescued trio were then taken in overnight by driver Willie Hay before being handed over to the Scottish SPCA in Edinburgh the following day.

Willie said: “We get quite a lot of animal encounters in this job, but nothing like this!

"We couldn’t believe our eyes."

The kittens were discovered taking shelter under a mattress among the contents of a compactor skip. The skip had originally been stationed at Duns industrial estate where it was used for discarded household items, before being transported to Galashiels for processing.

Border Telegraph: The kittens are now with the Scottish SPCAThe kittens are now with the Scottish SPCA

Willie added: “We spotted them straight away in amongst all the rubbish when we began sorting through it all.

"It’s a miracle they survived the journey and were totally unharmed.

"We found them next to an old mattress, which must have kept them safe throughout the journey.

“Happy ending stories like this always create a bit of buzz amongst the staff and a few people have already mentioned they want to adopt them.”

Scottish SPCA chief inspector Sarah Gregory said: “We’re so thankful to Willie for spotting the kittens and caring for them overnight.

“The three baby cats are only a few weeks old, too young to have been separated from their mother, so they would not have survived if they hadn’t been found.

“The kittens are now in the care of our Edinburgh and Lothians Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre where they will be cared for until they are old enough to be found homes.

“If anyone finds an animal in distress they can call our confidential animal helpline on 03000 999 999.”