A tiny black and white kitten who nearly died after her paw was caught in a mouse trap is now looking for a loving home.
The stray puss’ curiosity almost killed her after she sniffed out some cheese in the trap which snapped shut on her front right paw.
The cat – christened Babybell after her cheesy ordeal – would have suffered a slow and agonising death if her faint cries had not been heard by a passer-by.
The good Samaritan took Babybell to the Blue Cross in Lewknor, before she was rushed to an animal hospital in London, where vets had no option but to amputate her leg.
Despite her handicap, staff say the five-week old moggy has made a remarkable recovery and will make an adorable pet when she is ready for her new home in a month’s time.
Volunteer Sally Blackman said: “She is so young and was probably just naive and hungry so went to the mousetrap for food.
“She probably doesn’t know anything different than having three legs – she is very resilient.
“She is able to climb up on top of one of the scratching posts, and she walks down the corridor to say hello to the other cats and kittens too.”
Blue Cross veterinary surgeon Cristina Bull said: “The trap had caused irreversible neurological damage and the wound was infected.
“Babybell was very lucky she was found otherwise she wouldn’t have survived much longer.”
Blue Cross animal welfare assistant Lisa Kent said: “Babybell has already amazed us all with how well she’s doing after her operation.
“She’s very sweet and hopefully her disability won’t put people off giving her a home.”
If you can offer Babybell a home, call 0300 777 1500.