A KITTEN has had a lucky rescue after being found abandoned on a train at Birmingham New Street station.

The young feline was spotted by staff on a CrossCountry service last night (Tuesday August 24).

Concerned station staff cared for the kitten throughout the night and took it to a vet this morning to be checked over.

Experts at St George's veterinary clinic in Wolverhampton confirmed the cat is male and around five weeks old.

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."

Although frightened by its rail journey and brush with danger, the kitten is reported to be in good health.

Station bosses said they would be contacting the Cats Protection charity so he can be rehomed.