Baby turkeys find their way home

Seneca, KS, Post Office Customer Services Supervisor Gary Nelson

Seneca, KS, Post Office Customer Services Supervisor Gary Nelson

While on route to its destination in Havensville, KS, a box of live, baby turkeys was inadvertently sent to a Post Office 57 miles away in Marysville. Fortunately for the young birds, a supervisor stepped up to ensure the chicks were delivered in time.

When the Marysville office discovered the shipping issue, they contacted Seneca Post Office Customer Services Supervisor Gary Nelson for help. Seneca is half the distance between Marysville and Havensville, and when Nelson discovered the problem, he was eager to assist.

Nelson contacted the addressee to work out the best delivery solution possible. To preserve the lives of the turkeys, they determined that the best solution was to take the box directly to the addressee.

“Gary’s willingness to help is greatly appreciated by both the US Postal Service and the baby birds,” said Marysville Postmaster Mary Schmale.

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  1. grannybunny

     /  April 6, 2016

    It’s not unusual for employees in delivery to make extraordinary efforts in order to try to preserve the lives of mailed live animals. For example, I personally delivered a big container of baby birds to a feed store on New Year’s Eve — even though the owner was not present to pay the large COD charge — rather than leaving the package at the station over the News Year’s Day holiday, which would have resulted in even more of the hatchlings perishing. The feed store was grateful, and duly paid the COD the next delivery day. The feed store regularly received shipments of birds in the mail, and — typically — a substantial portion of them were dead. I have a problem with shipping live animals, who have no access to food or water and may be subject to extreme heat or cold or other life-threatening conditions during shipment.

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