Live baby ferret mailed in cardboard box in Colorado

Posted at 2:09 PM, May 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-19 16:09:32-04

A live ferret was mailed in cardboard box last week, prompting an investigation from Colorado authorities.

Denver Animal Protection Field Officer Lorraine Pacheco says it’s getting a little easier to resist taking home every stray. Her main goal is protect animals.

"And help as many as possible."

But until last week, she thought she’d seen it all. Pachaco received a phone call from a local post office that left her speechless.

The employee told her there was a live baby ferret sent in a box through the U.S. Postal Service. 

"I was like you have a what?"

Pacheco said she’s never heard of anything like this happening before. 

Postal workers had to catch the baby ferret since had escaped from the box. The ferret was dehydrated and scared, but after a few days of care she began to show improvement.

"She started to act like a normal, a normal ferret."

The staff fell in love with the ferret and since she didn’t come with a name, they decided to name her Fed-Ex. It is easier than saying United Posted Service.

Fed-Ex is not up for adoption at this time.

"She’s going to be living with us until the investigation is over."

Police are investigating how and why this happened, in the meantime Pacheco has a message for pet owners.

"Please don’t ship live animals through the Post Office."

Investigators say the package came from Fort Morgan, and they do have an idea of who sent the animal. Police are now considering if charges should be filed.