An adventurous cat who went missing from his home had his sights set on being king of the castle before being reunited with his owners.
Oakham couple Tim Shears and Jo Eckersly put up posters around the town for the return of their striking Siamese cat Roger after they noticed he was gone from their home in High Street on Tuesday last week.
They also knocked on neighbours doors and were fearing the worst when he still had not shown up by Friday morning.
But on Friday evening they had a call from a couple who said they had spotted one-year-old Roger wandering in the grounds of Oakham Castle.
Tim, 55, said: “Jo was beside herself when she realised he was gone. We asked around the town but no-one had seen him. He’s so striking to look at and we thought he might have been stolen.
“But then we had a call at about 7pm on Friday from a couple to say they had seen him walking around the grounds of the castle.
“I was eating a pizza at the time but we dropped everything to rush out to see if it was him.
“Jo called out his name when we got to the castle and he came running over to us.
“She picked him up straight away and gave him a big cuddle. It was very emotional. We thought we weren’t going to see him again.
“He obviously wanted to do a bit of sightseeing.”
The couple believe he may have been scared by cars at the back of their home which made him run across Church Street. They said it was odd behaviour as he only has a small territory and is quite a shy cat.
Tim added: “When we got him back home he was so hungry that he ate enough for two days at once.
“We’re so grateful to the couple that found him.”