A woman and her roommates received an odd surprise with their recent purchase from Amazon, as mice were discovered inside the box, both dead and alive .
When Kat Kahraman ordered an extended table for her apartment in Pimlico, South London, England, seven unexpected surprises awaited her. According to ITV News, she noticed holes were in the packaging prior to opening the box.
“We opened and I thought, 'Hang on a minute this doesn't look right,' and suddenly live mice popped out,” Kahraman recalled.
The 37-year-old was able to catch one of the mice to place inside a plastic box. Initially, she and her roommates counted three live mice and three dead ones, but later they saw a seventh mouse running around the kitchen.
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“It's a good thing I'm not squeamish - imagine somebody with a phobia of mice opening the box,” she said.
Kahraman purchased the table on Amazon Marketplace and believes the rodents dug inside the packaging at the warehouse. She discarded the dead mice and decided to keep the live ones as pets.
"My house mates are Swedish, French and Italian and I'm Austrian, so we wrote 'I am an orphan' on the box in our languages,” she said, as reported by Mirror. “The mice did lose their mother in a tragic accident after all."
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Kahraman contacted the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to learn how to best care for her newfound pets.
“An RSPCA inspector offered to collect the animals but she said she would like to keep the mice as pets,” a spokesperson for the organization stated. ”We have not seen the mice so cannot be sure whether these mice are wild or domestic. We would not advise people keep any animals taken from the wild as pets as their needs can be very difficult to meet in captivity.”
Kahraman contacted Amazon to obtain a refund for her purchase, as the mice scratched the table. Ultimately, Amazon offered a full refund on the $66 table as well as an $85 gift certificate.