‘What in the world?’: Box of bear cubs found on North Carolina man’s doorstep

Two bear cubs were found in a box on a North Carolina man's doorstep.

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Two bear cubs were found in a box on a North Carolina man's doorstep.

Cornelius Williams returned home from the grocery store Tuesday night and heard a squeaky noise coming from a cardboard box left in his walkway, WTKR-TV reported.

It was dark outside, so Williams called authorities for help.

“I see the box sitting right on my walkway -- right here close to my car -- and I looked inside and thought I saw Tasmanian devils,” said Williams.

A deputy approached the box, peered inside and to his surprise -- he found two newborn bear cubs.

Bears are no stranger to Camden County, Sheriff Kevin Jones said. But, he said finding cubs in a box was “a little strange.”

“I said, 'What in the world?” No way, no how. If the mama bear would have seen me in the yard, I would have been a Happy Meal," said Williams.

Williams wasn't sure why he was left to bear with the box of blanket-wrapped cubs, but they are out of his paws now.

“Why me? Was this a setup? How in the world could someone take two baby bears less than a day old and bring (them) up here, put [them] in a box and with a blanket on top?” Williams wondered.

The bears were taken to the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro to be examined and cared for, news outlets reported.

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