A LOYAL cat that returns every day to the spot where its owners abandoned it a year ago has become an internet sensation.
The moping moggy has plonked itself down on the same manhole cover every day since the summer of 2015, waiting for its owner to return.
One eagle-eyed local spotted the heart-wrenching sight in the city of Belgorod in south-western Russia and posted it to a Russian social media site.
And it has proved an internet hit ever since.
Ostap Zadunayskiy said he believed the feline’s owners had sold up their flat and moved out of town.
Locals had even described to him how the pitiful puss had bounded after its owner’s car as they drove off into the distance.
But after giving up the chase, it has returned to the city centre spot ever since.
Zadunayskiy said: “This is a great example of human meanness and true animal loyalty.”
However, cynical social media users have questioned the cat’s motives.
Many suggest it only returns to the spot every day to get fed by generous locals.