A bomb squad who were called to investigate a suspicious duffel bag arrived on the scene and found it contained six newborn kittens and their mum.
Officers inspected the suspicious bag but reported that they "didn't hear ticking but heard purring".
Emergency services were called after the package was spotted at a church in New Miami, Ohio, US on Friday, February 19.
After opening the bag they discovered the kittens and a note which said their mum, who they found is called Sprinkles, had gone into labour the day before.
The animals have now been taken to a shelter, which has said it place them with a foster family to look after them.
In a post on Facebook, Butler County Sheriff's Office wrote: "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 2/17. Momma and babies are warm, cozy and fed at the Animal Friends Shelter!"
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The shelter said in a Facebook post on Friday: "When a duffel bag was found abandoned outside a church door, the Butler County Bomb Unit was called in to investigate.
"Inside, they found a new mom doing her best to keep her six newborn kittens warm and fed.
"The note inside the bag said the mom's name was Sprinkles, and she began giving birth at 2pm on Wednesday.
"Sprinkles and her newborns were immediately brought to Animal Friends for care late Thursday afternoon.
"They were all soaked in mom's urine and needed gentle baths when they arrived.
"Sprinkles, purring throughout it all, received her vaccines and blood test and appears to be in good health," it continued.
"She's doing a fantastic job nursing and caring for her babies, and all seven will be placed with their foster family this afternoon."
Animal Friends Human Society added that it would continue to monitor Sprinkles and her kittens for the next two months and also provide regular updates on their progress as they grow and mature.
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