A couple who bought a sofa from a charity shop got an extra special surprise when they found a cat trapped inside it.
Crockett spent five days stuck in the three-seater settee after his owners made the donation to St Luke's Hospice in Grays, Essex.
Pauline and Bill Lowe, both 66, from Corringham, said they had been devastated to lose the ten-year-old feline and were delighted to have him home.
It is believed that he sneaked into the sofa as it was taken apart before being moved. Mrs Lowe said:
We can't believe how he must have tucked himself into the sofa during the short time the bottom was removed and remained silent for so long.
The grey tabby was discovered by the new owners after they heard a "soft miaow". Shop manager Jenny Munro said:
They heard a soft miaow sound and, on further investigation of the sofa, saw two claws poking out of the material which moved away when touched.
In order to release the cat they had to rip the material under the sofa as Crockett had lodged himself well into the back.
The sofa's new owners said: "We are so thrilled that he is safe and sound and was found in time".