A cat spent five days trapped inside a sofa donated to a London thrift store before the new purchasers of the second-hand furniture did a first-class act: They ripped up the sofa to free the couch potato pet, tracked down his owners and returned him.
Crockett, a 10-year-old tabby, apparently snuck inside the sofa after it was partially disassembled for hauling to the thrift store.
"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," said pet parent Pauline Lowe, pictured here with her husband Bill and the returned Crockett.
The sofa reportedly went through "normal routine checks" by thrift store employees before being sold on March 27. One day later, the BBC reports, the new owners heard meowing from beneath the material — and then saw two claws poking out.
"In order to release the cat they had to rip the material under the sofa,” recalls the thrift store manager.
During Crockett’s time in sofa solitary, pet parent Lowe was “devastated” that her cat was missing, and was “delighted” to have him back.
Crockett’s furniture ripping rescuers asked to remain anonymous, but told the BBC, ''We are so thrilled that he is safe and sound and was found in time."