A shocked homeowner found a mummified cat while cleaning out his garden shed - and he believes it could have been there for 30 years.
Dad-of-two Adam White - who has lived in the house all his life - said the animal's teeth and ribcage made him realise it was real.
It was while he was preparing his property for an extension and demolishing the roof of his outhouse that the 30-year-old discovered a black solid object under rubble.
A picture of the animal, posted on Facebook by Adam's dad Malcolm, has caused shock and upset throughout the online community.
The mummified cat that Adam White found when cleaning out his garden shed
The mummified cat that Adam White from Wigan, Lancashire, found
People commented, concerned that the cat may have died slowly or painfully and that it may be someone's missing pet.
Others have offered to help find the owner by scanning for microchips, although it is unknown whether the feline was chipped as it may have been there for decades.
The mummified cat that was found
He said: "I think it's been there quite a long time.
"There was rubble everywhere and it was in there.
"I couldn't make my mind up whether it was an ornament or something but when I saw its teeth and rib cage I knew it was real.
"There was a hole in the corner of the building so I don't know whether it's crawled in there and got stuck or climbed up to die.
The dad was preparing his property for an extension when he came across this mummified cat
"I had to put it in a bag, my little lad was out with me. I had to pretend to him that it wasn't real.
"Luckily my other son was in bed - he is really obsessed with animals, I think he would have been taken aback with it."
Adam, a plumber, grew up in the house in Hindley, Wigan, Lancashire, before buying it years later with his wife Rebecca.
Adam White believes this mummified cat could have been there for a long time
The family has appealed to neighbours to find any potential owners, but to no avail.
For mummification to occur, a body must have been exposed to certain conditions, including particular chemicals, low humidity or a lack of air which prevent the tissue from decaying.