A clumsy cat was lucky not to lose an eye after he was speared by a rose bush thorn.
Ten-month-old Rory needed an operation following his brush with the bush, thought to be caused by him falling out of a tree.
Owner Sharon Worman, of Rainton Grove, Redbrook, said her son would not let her see the ginger moggy in case it upset her.
"My son Carlo told me that Rory had returned home with a prickly stem in his eye but he wouldn't let me see him because he knew I would be too upset," she said.
"He took him straight to the vets where they were able to operate on him immediately and remove the stem.
"Rory was able to come home the same day and the vets gave us the piece of rose bush they removed. He was very lucky to have had no lasting damage."
Tony Duffy, of Abbey Vets, where Rory was treated said he was lucky he was not more seriously hurt.
"The stem went several centimetres into Rory’s eye but fortunately it went under the eyeball and lodged in the eye socket.
"If it had gone millimetres the other way, Rory could easily have lost his eye or damaged his tear duct but he appears to have made a full recovery."