For one week, Hatty, a five-year-old Maine Coon-Serengeti cross, had been perched on a ledge of the Royal Albert Bridge in Cornwall. Rescuers tried scaling the bridge and even sent food up through catapults to the cat to no avail.

After rescuers spent the equivalent of £5,000 to rescue the cat, Hatty calmly climbed down with a half-eaten seagull in its mouth to show what it had eaten while stranded on the bridge. Then Hatty walked home to the delight of her owner who was wondering where the cat had been all this time.

So the next time you see a cat that needs rescuing, wait a bit. It might turn out the cat doesn’t need your help after all.

To learn more about the cat that didn’t need rescuing, click here.