Thursday, April 15, 2004

Next Time, Use Fed Ex

From the Rocky Mountain News:

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A business owner opening a shipment of 400 bird cages sent from China got an additional order he didn’t expect – a severely undernourished cat.

The female cat, named China by animal service staff members, tips the scale at just over 3 pounds after being trapped in the container for the nearly monthlong trip.

Norman Goldberg, owner of Quality Discount Cages, said he discovered the cat Friday when he received the shipment at his warehouse. Several cardboard boxes holding cages had been chewed up.

“I opened it up, and out jumped the cat,” he said.

The traveling feline apparently began her journey at a factory in China where workers started loading the parrot cages into a 40-foot metal container the first week of March, Goldberg said. The container arrived by boat in Los Angeles on April 1 and then traveled by rail to Tampa.