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Kittens survive 5 days in boxcar without food, water

A worker found the 'terrified and hungry' kittens.

By Vetstreet Sep 13, 2013 3:16PM

Two kittens are headed to foster care after surviving for five days in a sealed boxcar. / CBC NewsTwo 1-month-old kittens are headed to foster care after being rescued from a train in Canada. A warehouse worker discovered the pair after he heard meowing coming from the cargo boxcar on Tuesday.

It’s unclear whether someone placed them on the train, or if their mother had left them there and not returned before the train began its 1,600-mile trip from Chicago to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

When the worker opened the boxcar, he found the "terrified, dirty, hungry, scared kittens" and brought them to the Edmonton Humane Society, said shelter spokesperson Shawna Randolph.

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The duo, who’ve been named Chicago Joe and Boxcar Willemina, were trapped inside without food or water for five days.

“We do not know how these kittens have survived,” Randolph said.

— Watch it at Canada’s CBC News

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Photo: Two kittens are headed to foster care after surviving for five days in a sealed boxcar. / CBC News

62Comments
Sep 18, 2013 9:26PM
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I took my son on a vacation to Montana one year, we were gone two weeks. Before we left I closed all the bedroom doors, and told my neighbor to keep them closed so the cat wouldn't go in them. She came over every couple of days to water the plants. This was in July, and the temps were 110 and above. When we got home we found out that I'd locked the cat in my sons room. Fourteen days without food or water. A little thin and real thirsty, but not in real bad shape considering the heat she endured
Sep 17, 2013 8:36PM
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Oh, I'd take them home in a heartbeat...poor babies!
Sep 16, 2013 6:56PM
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Thank goodness that someone could find the kittens,specially after that long!!! God Bless Him!
Sep 16, 2013 6:42PM
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The little girl cat looks like she is a tortoise shell. They are both very cute and I hope they find a good home!
Sep 13, 2013 10:22PM
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To Mr Mars; Your name is appropriate when I read your post~ If you think this "Feel Good Story" of a HUMANE story about two kittens saved, is a "NEW LOW" then you need to stay on MARS, fore you lack humanity.
Compassionate Humans love to read about tiny kittens being saved from a certain death had a man not investigated their tiny cries for help, also their long journey, although DIRE & PAINFUL had a HERO at the end, awesome story great journalist and as you can see you are the only one with opinions of a "Space Cadet"  You need to go read FOX News~
To You've got to B Kidding me; Well Said! *High Five*  I also loved this story! 
Sep 13, 2013 6:47PM
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Saved! only to be executed by humane society.
Sep 13, 2013 6:43PM
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What a pair of sweet wonderful pusses!
Sep 13, 2013 6:42PM
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IM HAPPY TO HEAR THAT THERE ARE GOOD CARING PEOPLE STILL OUT THERE TO HELP 2 SMALL BABY KITTENS. BLESS THE PERSON WHO FOUND THEM, THE KITTENS AND THE PEOPLE WHO ARE TAKING CAE OF THEM.

 

~CALIFORNIA

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