A cat that has sat on the same spot in Russia for a year after its owners abandoned it has become an online hit.
The lonely pet was first photographed in 2015 on a manhole cover in Belgorod, in south-western Russia's Belgorod Oblast region.
It has reportedly come back to the same spot everyday since - apparently waiting for its owners to return.
The story of the abandoned cat was posted on the Russian equivalent to Facebook by user Ostap Zadunayskiy.
He said that he found out that the cat's owners used to live nearby but had sold the apartment and left.
Locals told him how they had seen the cat running after its owners when they drove off, and that they never returned. It has been waiting at the same spot ever since, they claimed.
Mr Zadunayskiy said: 'This is a great example of human meanness and true animal loyalty.'
He also praised locals who continue to feed the cat over the years.
Many Internet commentators quoted from the book The Little Prince, written by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, where it says: 'You become responsible forever for what you've tamed.'
However, many people were suspicious of the story, suggesting that the cat only stayed there as it was getting fed every day.
via : dailymail