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Newborn kittens accidentally shipped to San Diego now up for adoption

Kittens up for adoption after being accidentally shipped to San Diego

Two newborn kittens accidentally shipped from Los Angeles to San Diego in small black boxes in April are now ready for adoption.

The kittens, which still had their umbilical cords attached, were discovered in a shipment of fiberglass equipment by Cox Communications employees, who called the San Diego Humane Society. 

The organization's Kitten Nursery had been caring for the newborns, named Mouse and Wifi, until they were old enough and healthy enough to be adopted.

"What we think happened was the mom had the babies and she put them in a safe spot … and she left. Then they got boxed up and they got shipped," Jenny Bonomini, manager of the nursery, said on the humane society's website.

The nursery gave the newborn kittens 24-hour care, since they needed to be fed every two hours. Mouse and Wifi also needed additional care for stomach and nutrition problems, which slowed their growth. But the kittens are both "happy, healthy and growing strong," according to the website.

The humane society, which hopes to place both kittens in the same home, is accepting applications from those interested in adopting them through Thursday. Applicants should write a paragraph of no more than 250 words explaining why they would be the best pet owner. The winner will be notified by July 8.  

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