A woman has credited her kitten for saving her life, by helping her to diagnose breast cancer.
Wendy Humphreys, mother of two, said that she became confused after the pet persistently leapt up and sat on her right breast while she lay watching television.
After two weeks of the unusual behavior she became worried enough to consult her general practitioner and was astounded when tests revealed a pea-sized lump that could have killed her if it had remained undiagnosed.
On Monday night, as she held her savior Fidge, she said, "She saved my life. I'm so glad I got her."
General practitioner Carol Cooper, who teaches medicine at Imperial College, London, believes there is a logical explanation for Fidge's diagnostic talent.
"Cats love going somewhere warm. It may be that she noticed a subtle change in temperature because of the tumor," she said.