Rare kitten abandoned outside shop
A rare kitten was abandoned in a holdall outside the shop of an animal charity in Kent.
The male tortoiseshell was found dumped with his two brothers outside the Cats Protection shop in Gillingham.
The kitten, named Kawaii, and his two brothers Amai and Farore were taken to the charity's National Cat Adoption Centre in Chelwood Gate, Sussex, where a routine veterinary check-up revealed Kawaii was male.
Tortoiseshell cats are virtually always female.
Danielle Draper, manager of the adoption centre, said: "We couldn't believe it when we discovered Kawaii was a boy and kept checking and re-checking.
"At Cats Protection we help 235,000 cats nationally every year and I've not heard of us having a male tortoiseshell before, it really is incredibly rare. There is only a one in 3,000 chance of a tortoiseshell cat being male.
"Little Kawaii has been a real talking point and is enjoying all the fuss and attention he's been getting. We think all cats are special so we hope his brothers and him will all get the loving homes they deserve."
Now nine weeks old, Kawaii and his brothers, who are both black and white, are being cared for by staff until they are old enough to be adopted.
To offer a home to Kawaii, Amai or Farore, call Cats Protection's National Cat Adoption Centre on 01825 741330.
Source: The Local Bournelocal