Cats’ love of boxes is, usually, harmless. But when one unsuspecting cat hopped into a box for fun she wound up 260 miles away from home.
Cupcake the cat spent eight days in the mail after her owner accidentally shipped her across Southern United Kingdom, The Guardian reports. The parcel held DVDs ordered by a West Sussex resident who was “somewhat startled” when the cat jumped out of the box from Cornwall, according to the news outlet.
The resident contacted the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, who brought the cat to Grove Lodge veterinary hospital in Worthing. Veterinarian Dr. Ben Colwell treated Cupcake and found her dehydrated and, naturally, scared and nervous.
“She’s done really, really well, she’s responded to fluids really well,” Colwell told The Guardian. “Luckily she was microchipped.”
The microchip led to owner Julie Baggott, who had been searching her neighborhood and putting up posters to find her missing cat. She noticed Cupcake’s absence immediately and worried for two weeks about her.
“I feel terrible about what’s happened, you know,” she reportedly told BBC South Today. “I mean, I put everything in the box and I sealed it straight away, so I don’t know how she managed to get in there.”
“It was a miracle she was alive,” Baggott continued. “She’s managed to survive that awful ordeal.”
It proves that miracles really do happen.