A compassionate 11-year-old girl saved the life of a starving cat which was wandering in Wisbech.
Boot the cat is now recovering from his ordeal after being scooped up by kind-hearted Ella D’aloria-Turvey.
The youngster was playing with her friends in Grimes Road when she spotted the “bag of bones” and brought it home to her mum, Beck D’Aloria-Titmarsh.
The youngster has been dubbed a “little lady with a heart of gold” by Mary Higgins, who is now caring for Boot at her shelter in Gorefield.
She said: “He was really on death’s doorstep. He was a bag of bones.
“He was in a very poorly state with a sore eye and malnutrition, leaving him like a skeleton with a bit of fur wrapped around him.
“He was in a horrific state weighing just 1kg but was still purring.
“This poor creature may not have survived if not for Ella’s courage and kind heart.”
When Ella found Boot he was covered with fleas and had overgrown claws, along with being dramatically underweight.
Ella’s mum Becky D’aloria -Titmarsh said: “Ella has always loved animals. She could not leave him there to die.
“I have never seen anything so bad. His nails were curled under and had gone into his pads.
“I am so proud of Ella especially as her friends told her not to do it.
“She is so compassionate. She loves animals – anything that needs her help, she will bring it home.”
Boot was given an anti-biotic injection by vets and is putting on weight. He is a big fan of goats milk.
Ella has also grown very fond of Boot.
Her mum said: “She is very attached to Boot. She wants to see him all the time.
“I keep telling her to be a vet but she says she would like to be an RSPCA inspector.”