09/22/1998 AT 12:00 AM EDT
Kathie Lee Gifford got a big surprise on Thursday at the Garden State Plaza, a suburban New Jersey shopping mall where she was signing copies of her new CD of love ballads. Most fans came up to her flashing the CD, but one guy offered something else -- a bag of live mice, which he opened up and dumped at her feet. The "Live!" star shrieked and jumped up in terror, reports the New York Post, while the culprit got away, despite the best efforts of mall police.