A tiny kitten is recovering after it was trapped for several days in the cavity wall of a home.
The cries of the ginger kitten, which has been named Macavity, were heard by the tenant of a flat in Liskeard, Cornwall.
The fire service were called and cut a hole in the cavity wall and found the kitten inside. How Macavity ended up inside the wall and survived for five days has baffled staff at the RSPCA.
For five days the tenant had heard meowing coming from inside the walls of his flat. After becoming increasingly concerned about the plight of the animal he contacted the RSPCA last week.
Felicity Cross, an animal welfare officer, said: "The flat was in the process of being sold, when the tenant heard the poor cat wailing and moving behind the wall. After frantically searching for any way to get to it, we realised the only chance of saving it would be to make a hole.
"We managed to get hold of the estate agents who were handling the sale and while they were initially very reluctant to help - after liaising with the fire and rescue service - they kindly agreed to let us knock a few small holes in the wall in order to rescue the kitten."
It took a couple of hours to get to the cat and when they finally rescued him, Miss Cross was flabbergasted to discover that the kitten was just six weeks' old and weighed only 150g - less than a bar of chocolate.
The kitten was rushed to the vet where he was treated for severe dehydration and weight loss. Despite his ordeal he has responded well to treatment and has put on a staggering 520g in two days.
Miss Cross added: "What was even more surprising is that we undertook a thorough search of the property, including the loft, and we couldn't find any sign of the mother or any other kittens. There was absolutely no indication of how Macavity got there. He really is a mystery cat."
If no one comes forward to claim Macavity he will be re-homed.