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Cat Sneaks into Box and Gets Shipped by Mistake More Than 700 Miles from Home

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“If I fits, I sits” has been the mantra of cats everywhere for as long as there have been boxes to sit in and cramped places to sneak into.

Felines are notorious for getting into things they’re not supposed to without the slightest hint of remorse, but a cat named Baloo might be reconsidering leaping into boxes in the near future after the experience he’s just had.

It all started when owner Jacqueline Lake from Nova Scotia sent four boxes of tire rims to a Purolator office in Montreal. The boxes would have to travel over 17 hours and 700 miles — which is fine if you’re a tire rim.

It’s not so great if you’re a cat who has sneaked into a box of tire rims. But that’s exactly what Baloo had done, and he ended up signed, sealed and delivered.

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“He got under, so he wasn’t on top. He had gotten in through the little hole of the rim down into the bottom of the box,” Lake explained, according to CTV.

Lake soon noticed an absence in her household of kids, dogs and cats. A certain fluffy cat had disappeared without a trace, leaving her to scour the neighborhood and ask neighbors if they’d seen Baloo anywhere.

“Missing fixed male cat not yet a year old,” she posted on Facebook on Dec. 8. “His name is Baloo. Long hair grey white in color, with black striped face and body.

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“He got out of our house 2 nights ago. We live in the wesphal area of Dartmouth (Booth & Kennedy st) we have been searching everywhere for him. If seen please contact me on here .. We miss our baby Baloo.”

Meanwhile, a truck driver at the end of his drive opened his truck to find cat pee and a cat. One of the boxes had been shredded, and Purolator put together what must have happened.

The cat was taken to the Montreal SPCA, where Anita Kapuscinska said that he was assessed and determined to be okay.

“They asked if they can bring us the cat to us, of course, we said yes,” Kapuscinska explained. “As soon as he came to us, we had him checked by our vets and we’ve been taking care of him ever since.”

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When Lake was contacted and told her kitty was at the SPCA, she was elated to find that he was safe and being cared for.

“Of course she was extremely surprised and extremely relieved when she spoke to us – when she found out that he was found – because she had posters up everywhere, all over social media,” Kapuscinska said.

“To actually have him be okay and coming back to me,” said Lake, “I’m so thankful, I’m so thankful.”

Baloo was reunited with his family on Dec. 15, thanks to some willing volunteers who took him back to where he started. With all the Christmas wrapping and box-sending at this time of year, keep an eye out for curious critters!

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
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