Stowaway Chicago kittens survive 5 day train trip

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It was a long, long ride for two one-month old kittens, after a worker some 1600 miles away in Canada discovered them stuffed in a box car.

The worker reportedly heard muffled cries Tuesday as he opened the sealed container brought via freight train from Chicago, discovering two palm-sized kittens, who had nothing to eat or drink for five days.

The worker immediately brought the kittens to nearby Edmonton Humane Society, who found them in remarkably good shape and has since placed them in foster care.

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Chicago Joe (on left) and Boxcar Willemina (photo courtesy of Edmonton Humane Society)

‘Chicago Joe’ and ‘Boxcar Willemina’ should be ready for adoption in a month or so, according to spokesperson Shawna Randolph, who said, “They are lucky to be alive.”

Randolph said there appeared to be no way to trace the kittens’ owners or origin, although it’s possible the mother of the kittens placed them in the container for safe-keeping and the container was gone when she returned.

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  • Carol

    Robin wondered why they named one of the cats "Boxcar Willemina". Obviously, for the famous singer of "old hobo time music", Boxcar Willie. The 2nd cat must have been a female, Robin, thus "Willemina". Thanks.