No, it wasn't the stuff in those big cardboard boxes. It was what was ON one of those boxes. Take a closer look.
That's right. It's an owl. According to one of the store employees, he (or she - how the heck do you tell which is which, anyway) is part of a couple that has lived in the store for six years, ever since the store was built.
Each year the female gives birth to an owlet. Or two. They stay with the parents until the old folks have taught them to fly. Then they get kicked out to go find their own (Home Depot store) nesting place. The store employee said they even provide a birthing box for them.
But this year was special. The parents didn't have one baby. Or two. They brought THREE little owls into the world.
Actually, they're not so little.
So here they are, posing for their group portrait.
The store employe I spoke to said the threesome has been viewed by many, many store visitors. But the young owls seemed relatively unfazed by all the attention.
If I was the kind of guy who would say such a thing, I might say they don't give a hoot.
But, of course, I wouldn't say that.