Alan Bean was working Wednesday in Vergennes, Vt., opening boxes for Country Home Products -- you know, the people who make those DR trimmers and brush mowers advertised on TV.
Zip: He opens a box that had been returned from South Carolina via Federal Express. It had been on the road for two days.
Whoa: Something moves inside the box.
Bean peers inside and sees five kittens, about three weeks old. Bean and a colleague, Deb Peters, find some kitten formula and rush the felines to the Addison County Humane Society in Middlebury. The shelter happens to have a cat named Hazel; her kittens had just been weaned, and the kittens latched onto the fresh source of milk.
Pretty cute. Everyone's happy. The Addison County Humane Society will have the kittens up for adoption as soon as they're old enough to make another trip, hopefully not via FedEx.