It was a tearful reunion for one lucky owner after her pet cat was found - 125 miles away from where she disappeared five years ago.
Marble the six-year-old tortoiseshell disappeared from Birmingham five years ago after her owners moved there from Somerset.
She was found on Monday begging for food outside a house on Salisbury Road, Blackpool.
Maxine Graber, of pet charity Harvey’s Army, said: “Normally I don’t rush out to cats because cats wander, but I was in the area so I went to do a scan and low and behold it was chipped to Somerset.”
The charity contacted Marble’s owner, who had moved back to Somerset and long given up on ever seeing her beloved pet again.
Maxing said: “She was absolutely ecstatic.
“She was crying on the phone.
“At the moment we are arranging for the cat to be taken back to Somerset.
“I’m going to take it to Preston, someone’s going to drive it to Stoke, someone’s going to take it to Worchester and then to Somerset. It’s all being done by Harvey’s Army volunteers.”
She added that they would probably never know for sure how Marble came to be living in Blackpool.
She said: “Whether somebody has taken her in and moved to Blackpool, or whether she’s jumped in a removal van we don’t know.
“Whoever has had this cat in Blackpool has looked after it. It’s in perfect condition. There’s not a mark on it.
“She’s absolutely gorgeous. She’s a big cat but very friendly.
“If only they could talk!”