A kitten found in Bedfordshire could have survived being thrown from a moving car, the Royal Society for the Protection of Animals (RSPCA) has said.
The male cat was found in some grass near the slip road of junction 10 of the M1 in Luton.
The four-month-old kitten has been named Rudolf by RSPCA staff because of the red marks it had on its face.
A vet said he was fit and healthy apart from a scuff mark to his face. The RSPCA issued a plea for information.
The kitten is now being looked after at the RSPCA Blackberry Farm animal centre in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.
RSPCA inspector Melanie Fisher said: "Rudolf was found near to the busy junction, where there are not any residential properties, so the only way we think he could have got there is by someone dumping him.
"And because his face was so scuffed, we have reached the conclusion that there is a chance that he could have been just thrown from a moving car, which is just an awful thing to do."