- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 12, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) - A District of Columbia woman’s ex-boyfriend sent her an unusual package in the mail earlier this month: a box filled with 15 live baby chicks.

An animal sanctuary says the package included a note telling the woman there are lots of other chicks out there.

Unamused by the gaggle of fluffy newborn birds, the woman told the mailman that she was going to throw them in the trash. Instead, the mailman took them to the Washington Humane Society.

Nine of them are now at the Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary in Poolesville, Maryland. The rest are at a sanctuary in Winchester, Virginia.

The Maryland sanctuary says the chicks survived their trip in the postal system mostly unscathed; just one had a hurt leg. The group says mailing the chicks wasn’t illegal.

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