Cat Accidentally Shipped in Box of DVDs Is Reunited With Her Owner
One British cat survived eight days in a sealed box after she was accidentally shipped nearly 300 miles with some DVDs.
Cupcake, a Siamese cat, was taken to Grove Lodge Vets in West Sussex, England, by the RSPCA after she was found inside the box by the recipient, who'd ordered the DVDs online.
Ben Colwell, the vet who performed a complete health check on Cupcake, told ABC News the cat "was very scared, dehydrated and had some muscle wastage."
Colwell added that after eight days without food or water, he expected Cupcake "to have become jaundiced," or yellow.
"Miraculously this did not occur," he said.
Although Cupcake survived the ordeal, she did have to be treated.
"She needed fluid therapy for rehydration and gradual reintroduction of feeding to prevent refeeding syndrome seen after periods of starvation," Colwell said, "and finally physiotherapy to help rebuild her muscle mass."
Cupcake was eventually reunited with her owner, Julie Baggott, Saturday thanks to the feline's microchip.
"They had been frantically searching for their beloved cat, putting up posters in the local area but not for one second realizing that she had been accidentally posted to an address in West Sussex, more than 260 miles away!" Grove Lodge said on its website.
"When I realized she was missing, it was the most horrible, scary feeling. We looked everywhere for her," Baggott told the BBC. "I feel terrible about what's happened, because I put everything in the box and sealed it straight away so I don't how she managed to get in there."
She added: "It was a miracle because she was alive and she's managed to survive that awful ordeal."