Dead body delivered to pet store

A Philadelphia pet store received a shipment this week that they thought was an order of tropical fish and salt water. The package turned out to be a dead body meant for a medical research laboratory. Pets Plus owner Mark Arabia says that the fish he was expecting are probably dead by now. From the AP:
US Airways released a statement saying the problem was caused by a "verbal miscommunication between a delivery driver and the cargo representative." The airline said it's deeply sorry.
"Pet store expects fish shipment, but gets corpse"


  1. The tropical fish wound up in the medical research laboratory. They are now comfortable living in salt _or_ freshwater. Or air.

    They also have laser eyes.

    _They_ made the most of the mix-up.

  2. Frank: Let me ask you a question: did you ever see that movie, “Night of the Living Dead”?
    Freddy: Oh, yeah, yeah – that’s the one where the corpses start eating the people, right? What about it?
    Frank: Did you know that story was based on a true case?
    Freddy: [chuckles] Aw, c’mon, you’re shitting me, right?
    Frank: I ain’t never been more serious in my life.

  3. The pet shop returned the corpse, but store policy prevented them from doing so without neutering first.

  4. Could’ve been worse: they could have delivered a dead parrot which the store would then have had to try and palm off on some gullible customer!

  5. “Arabia said he believes the fish died as a result.”

    that last line cracks me up. what a way to end the article.

  6. By some strange coincidence, the deceased had been a Hungarian tobacconist who liked to argue in his spare time…

  7. @Matt Staggs, #5

    One of the best movies ever, although I could never figure out why the cadaver was coloured like a yellow highlighter.

  8. I live in Philly, and this was the big story among my co-workers earlier this week. Apparently the guy’s wife’s comment was that he had been a big practical joker, and that this was just his final joke.

  9. Goldie the goldfish and Ernie the turtle, can’t contain their excitement as they trade places with the cold corpse on the package beside their. This is going to be their best prank ever.

    “Boy will they be surprised.”

  10. I used to work for a travel insurance assistance services and one of our former clients once paid us a visit, postmortem. It seems the funeral home got addresses mixed up and since we, as the insurer, had guaranteed the costs of cremation, they sent the ashes to us instead of the deceased’s family.

    It certainly gave our secretary quite a shock when she opened it and realized what it was. We quietly re-sealed it and forwarded it on to our client’s family without further incident.

  11. “Luce Brasi sleeps with the fishes.”

    (I can’t believe I’m the first one to post that reference.)

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