THEY are all named after computer characters – but it was nearly game over for these cute kittens.
The furry foursome are being looked after by RSPCA staff after being found abandoned in a wicker basket by a sharp-eyed member of the public.
Vets named the two female kittens Diddy Kong – after a character in the Donkey Kong Nintendo game – and Koopa, from the game Super Mario Bros.
The two males are called DK (Donkey Kong) and Bowser, who is Mario’s arch-enemy in the games. All four were left in a bush near a car park in Heath Pond, Heath Road, Petersfield, last Friday.
RSPCA officers said all the kittens, which are around seven weeks old, were in good condition.
RSPCA inspector Jan Edwards, who is investigating the incident, said: ‘The wicker box would have offered no real protection from the elements and was too small to comfortably house the kittens, so it is lucky they were found.
‘An unwanted animal is not something that people can dump and wash their hands of in this way.
‘When people abandon an animal they are giving up their human decency and breaking the law.’
The wicker basket had the remains of straw or hay bedding and a piece of carpet in the bottom, which has led the RSPCA to think it may have been used to transport a small animal before.
The kittens were collected by the RSPCA and were taken to The Blue Cross adoption centre, in Southampton.
Deputy manager Lara Alford, whose daughter Philippa suggested the Nintendo theme, said: ‘Thankfully the kittens are all healthy and doing well since arriving at the centre, but we would urge owners never to dump their animals.
‘When we take in animals abandoned, we have no history of their previous care or medical needs, which makes it harder to look after them and find them the right home. If someone can no longer care for their pet, for whatever reason, they should call us or another rescue centre for advice.’
Anyone with information about the kittens can call the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999 and leave a message for inspector Jan Edwards.