Lucky Arry

CUNNING cat Arry is today lapping up all his creature comforts, after living on just rainwater for 12 days while stuck in a shed.It came as quite a culture shock for the classy kitty, who is known as something of a man about town in Needham Market.

CUNNING cat Arry is today lapping up all his creature comforts, after living on just rainwater for 12 days while stuck in a shed.

It came as quite a culture shock for the classy kitty, who is known as something of a man about town in Needham Market.

But his adventurous nature got him into trouble when he found himself trapped in an old shed, behind the town's Three Tuns public house, in Hawks Mill Street.

Arry, last seen on the evening of March 21, was not found until last Sunday.

His worried owners, Anna and Trevor Woolnough, had placed posters in the town appealing for help.

And it paid dividends when a neighbour recognised the description and phoned the couple to say Arry had been seen in the area.

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It turned out he had been a frequent visitor to his house, enjoying a regular meal with his other cats.

Having received the phone call, Mrs Woolnough, of High Street, immediately went out to search for Arry.

She said: "When I called out, he called back. I kept on calling and he kept calling out to me. Even though it was pitch black, I stumbled through this waste area behind the Three Tuns pub and saw him sticking his head through a broken board in the shed.

"I managed to clamber up on to a water butt and grabbed him by the scruff of the neck and wrapped him up in my cardigan. We were both very happy."

After being reunited with his thrilled owner, Arry was given a check-up by a vet. Although he had lost a lot of weight, there were no signs of dehydration.

Mrs Woolnough said: "The vet said he was very skinny. He was very plump before he went missing but obviously he had been dining out at various places in Needham Market.

"He wasn't too badly dehydrated. There was a hole in the shed and we think he must've been drinking the rainwater that came through the leaky roof. He would've been in a much worse condition if he hadn't."

Mrs Woolnough said Arry, a pedigree seven-year-old Bengal, has been given plenty of affection since his return.

"I'm delighted to have him back," she said. "He's absolutely adored and he's my child-substitute."

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