A worker in the returns department at Country Home Products got a surprise when he opened a brush trimmer sent back from South Carolina.
Inside the box was the trimmer - and five kittens.
The three-week-old kittens survived the two-day trip to Vermont and are doing fine.
The South Carolina customer who returned the trimmer had stored it in a barn, and apparently sealed the box without looking inside.
The kittens were taken to a Humane Society shelter in Middlebury, where they met Hazel, a black cat whose kittens had just been weaned. Hazel is a now a surrogate mother to the kittens.
The shelter says the kittens should be available for adoption in about three weeks.