0627 GMT January 29, 2022
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) said inspector Richard Durant was dispatched to the DPD package distribution center in Hinckley, Leicestershire, after employees encountered a box with no address or other labeling and discovered it contained a snail with a shell the size of a lemon, UPI reported.
"The workers found an unmarked box containing a giant African land snail amongst the boxes ready to be distributed for delivery across the country. When they realized there was this giant snail inside they contacted us for help," Durant said in a news release.
"Luckily, the snail was doing OK and could be transferred straight to an exotics center for specialist care," he said.
Durant said officials are now trying to determine the exotic animal's origins.
"Giant African land snails are kept as pets but we don't come across them very often so it's strange to find one in such a random place. We have no idea whether someone abandoned this snail, or whether they were trying to post the poor creature," he said.