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Tiny Kittens Survive Five-Day Freight Train Journey

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Two one-month-old kittens survived a five-day ride in a freight train. (Credit: Edmonton Humane Society)

Two one-month-old kittens survived a five-day ride in a freight train. (Credit: Edmonton Humane Society)

CHICAGO (CBS) — Two one-month-old kittens are lucky to still have their nine lives after surviving a five-day rail journey from Chicago to Canada.

The little creatures were discovered by a railroad worker in Edmonton, who heard their meows from inside a box.

Nobody knows how the kittens got onto the train. Maybe the kittens hopped a train in the City of the Big Shoulders hoping their destination would yield a better life for them. Maybe these kittens just love to travel, unable to settle in one place for too long.

A spokeswoman for the Edmonton Humane Society, where the kittens are now staying, said they are lucky to be alive.

The freight train left Chicago late last week.

The kittens were tired, hungry and dirty, but are said to be in relatively good shape.

The four-legged stowaways now have appropriate names: “Chicago Joe” and “Boxcar Willemina.”

In about a month, the kitties will be eligible for adoption.

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