Two newborn kittens who were accidentally packed into a box and shipped from Hollywood, Calif., to San Diego had the good fortune of being opened by a man whose relative works for the local humane society.
"When I first saw them, I knew they were very, very young," JC Collins, a Cox Communications employee at the company's Chula Vista, Calif., office who opened the box with the kittens inside, told ABC affiliate KGTV.
Collins immediately called his nephew, an investigator at the San Diego Humane Society. The shelter happens to be one of the few in the country to have an around-the-clock nursery for kittens.
That early care likely saved the lives of the kittens who were so newborn they still had their umbilical cords attached when they reached the shelter, Humane Society nurse Jenny Bonomini told KGTV.
Exactly how the kittens made it unnoticed from Hollywood to San Diego - a 126 mile journey - in a Cox Communications semi-trailer is uncertain.
Bonomini, who could not be reached today for comment, told KGTV she believes the kittens were stored in a box in a Cox warehouse by their mom.
"What we think happened was the mom had the babies and she put them in a safe spot…and she left," Bonomini told KGTV. "Then they got boxed up and they got shipped."
Collins, who also could not be reached today, says he found the kittens packed alongside fiberglass equipment inside the box.
"They were very, very lucky that they didn't fall out of it in transport or when we were unloading the truck," he told KGTV.
The kittens have been appropriately named "Mouse" and "Wifi" - a nod to their origin of discovery - by Humane Society staff.
The kittens will remain in the center's nursery for a few more weeks, according to Bonomini, before being placed in a foster home.
"They're fat and happy," Bonomini said of the kittens' progress.