A group of kittens left in a sealed cooler outside the South Florida Wildlife Center in Fort Lauderdale are being nursed back to health.
Officials with the center say the cooler containing five kittens was left outside the entry gate of the facility on Southwest 4th Avenue on Saturday, as temperatures surpassed 90 degrees.
Staff members found the kittens panting, shaking, highly agitated and dehydrated with high temperatures. Medical staff are still working to rehabilitate the kittens, which include four males and one female.
"There is no excuse for people leaving defenseless animals in tightly-sealed boxes or tethered in the burning sun, with no regard, or at least, no understanding, of the impact the heat, stress and lack or air flow has on the animals," Debra Parsons-Drake, the center's executive director, said in a statement.