A cat from Chelmsford who was shot with an airgun was saved by vets who removed the pellet from his stomach.
Owner Eve Worthington saw that her three-year-old pet Stovie was struggling to walk and then noticed a small round wound on his back.
The 55-year-old took him to Basildon PDSA Pet Hospital where x-rays confirmed that her cat had been shot.
He had an hour-long operation to remove the pellet.
After a day spent recovering at the pet hospital Stovie was well enough to return home with a head-cone collar, antibiotics and painkillers.
He had a check-up a few days later and has now made a full recovery.
Ms Worthington said it was a "miracle that the pellet didn't hit any of his major organs".