For four long days in transit, the couriered cat remained trapped inside her cardboard abode. Thankfully, it wouldn't wind up being her coffin.
Once at the sorting facility in Vicenza, package handlers were alarmed to see one box moving, and decided to open it. Out dashed the cat who, incredibly, had survived the journey, dehydrated but otherwise unscathed. With that, they set about tracking down her owner.
A spokesperson for CGIL Vicenza, the package handlers' workers union, has confirmed this remarkable incident, telling The Dodo that the cat was "understandably tired but healthy." Her owner, meanwhile, had been "desperate because she had not found her cat for days." Upon learning where her pet had ended up, she immediately set out on the long drive north to get her.
Fortunately for all involved, the story has a happy ending — though it may be a while before this cat is comfortable cozying up in a box again.