Nine kittens – only six weeks old – have been abandoned at the front gate of Ferne Animal Sanctuary in Chard, Somerset. The centre's Tara Nirula said: "These little kittens were huddled in the corner of a pet carrier, hissing and cowering. They were terrified. We've treated them for fleas and worms but at the moment, they aren't eating. They really are too young to have been taken away from their mother. but we are settling them down and looking after them. As soon as they are eight weeks old, we will start looking for new homes for them."