On Tuesday, a city works crew member discovered a wiggling cardboard box outside a shopping plaza in Scarborough, Ontario. Toronto Animal Services was called to the scene and opened the box to find a black plastic bag with a cat inside it. The young feline was in good health, save for a feeding tube going into its stomach.
The cat, nicknamed Wilma after the red-headed Flintstones character, was taken to the Rouge Valley Veterinary Hospital where veterinarians decided to move the tube. The cat was eating normally without it.
Toronto Animal Services contacted nearby clinics in an attempt to find someone who treated the cat. They were prepared to put the cat up for adoption once she was cleared medically.
Then the owner stepped forward, happy to know the cat was alive and well.
At home, the tabby cat had jumped into a box destined for a charity drop-off. Her owner didn't notice the cat in the box, and dropped off the box at the Scarborough Plaza.
The feeding tube had been recently implanted after the cat drank chemicals and damaged its throat.
The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals confirmed the owner's story and deemed the incident an accident.
The cat has safely reunited with her owner, hopefully having learned her lesson to not play hide-and-seek in cardboard boxes.