A kitten that was shrink-wrapped to the top of a package and shipped from Chicago to Memphis just barely survived his ordeal, thanks an alert UPS driver. “He’s a tough little guy,” said veterinarian Caroline McCutcheon.
The kitten, named Joey, had been trapped in a shrink-wrapped package for four days, according to the report on News Channel 3, WREG. “He was flattened with his legs splayed out to the side and his head up. He couldn’t move his legs,” said Dr. McCutcheon of Park Avenue Animal Hospital in Memphis
McCutcheon told WREG’s Michael Quander that a UPS delivery driver heard a faint meow in the back of his truck. He went to investigate and discovered Joey shrink-wrapped to the top of a package. The driver immediately freed the kitten and took him to the vet. “He’s a cat person, and it just really broke his heart,” said McCutcheon of the driver.
Joey was dehydrated and hypoglycemic. McCutcheon said she doubts the kitten would have made it another day. “He was probably a warehouse kitten who got caught up in the machinery, said McCutcheon. “I don’t think this was malicious. It was just an accident. Nobody knew he was in there.”
Joey had trouble walking, but is now fully recovered. The staff at the hospital is already very fond of Joey, she said. “We’re going to be very particular about Joey,” and who adopts him, said McCutcheon.