A bomb squad was called out to deal with a suspicious bag and discovered it was full of new-born kittens.
The unit at the Butler County Sheriff's Office in the US state of Ohio went to deal with a package left outside a church but discovered the litter of six kittens when they looked inside.
In a Facebook post, the sheriff's office said: "The Butler County Bomb Unit was called to a suspicious package at a church in New Miami.
"When Specialist Mike Grimes and Det. Detherage arrived, they didn't hear ticking - they heard purring!
"There was a momma cat and her six one-day-old babies in a bag.
"There was a note left stating "Sprinkles" went into labour yesterday.
"Momma and babies are warm, cosy and fed at the Animal Friends Shelter!"
Sprinkles and her kittens have settled in well at the sanctuary are now going to join their new foster family.