While most people bring home duty free from their holiday, one Newtongrange couple came back with a feral cat.
Little did Robert and Eleanor Wood know that, when they brought home eight-week-old ‘Smokey Mou’ from their villa in Cyprus in 2007, they were saving her life.
They discovered the kitten with her four siblings and her mother on their sun lounger.
The couple took care of the cats while they were there and also fed more than 50 homeless cats at a nearby farm.
But when they got back to Scotland with Smokey Mou, the Woods discovered just how lucky their new pet was.
Robert said: “Our neighbour in Cyprus told us that when we left, the other four wee kittens and all the others at the farm were shot, so Smokey Mou would have been shot too.
“It was terrible.
“We had to unplug the phone as we were getting phone calls from our friends in Cyprus telling us what had happened to the poor cats.
“The farmer shot them as soon as we were gone.
“I used to buy cat food sacks for them. When I arrived I couldn’t walk. They came from everywhere. They climbed up my legs!
“We were absolutely disgusted with the farmer. It was terrible, but they see the cats as vermin in Cyprus.”
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