Forget carrier pigeons. You can mail these animals via the post office

March 05, 2019 - 3:30 am

By Amy E. Feldman, Judge Technology Solutions

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Air travel is such a hassle. Can you deliver yourself by mail? 

In a recent "this day in history" column, The New York Times recounted a 1913 article about a postal carrier in rural Ohio who was the first to accept and deliver a live baby. 

At 10-and-a-half pounds, the infant was under the post office's 11-pound limit, so the mailman carried him from his parents' house to his grandmother's a mile away for 15 cents. 

Anytime you ponder back on your dangerous childhood, you think, well, different era. Any third-grader who has done a flat Stanley project in school has thought of doing the same thing, but could you do it today? 

No, the post office no longer accepts humans, pets or most other warm-blooded animals. But you may be surprised to learn that under postal regulations, you can go to any post office and ship other live animals, including poultry, reptiles and bees. 

As you can imagine, they have very specific packaging requirements and are only shipped when the right transportation is available. And don't expect the mail carrier to change its diaper.