Dopey the cat went missing in early November and his family had just about given up hope of ever seeing him again.
Alice, the 11-year-old girl who loved her cat dearly prayed daily for the return of her fury friend, but her parents were beginning to think that Dopey was gone for good. Alice's parents talked to her about it and suggested that he's either met his fate with the foxes in the forest, or else found another home and family to live with.
As the family had finally come to terms with never seeing Dopey again, Alice heard a 'yowl' and ran outside.
Sure enough, there was Dopey - severely dehydrated, septic, hypothermic and with is front leg almost severed.
"We don't know how he managed to come home, he's in a bad state," said Jane, Alice's mother. "But he crawled through with one front leg almost severed.
"It had been severed to the bone - and he was dehydrated, septic, had hypothermia, so we rushed him to the hospital and got him home later."
The family is calling it a Christmas miracle and Alice is certain that her prayers have been answered. No matter what you call it, one thing is for sure - Dopey is one lucky cat!