One time sex symbol Brigitte Bardot was delighted this week when she was reunited with her two-year-old cat Rontonton, who had been missing for almost a month.
Bardot had been worried sick ever since her moggy disappeared last month in the exclusive Riviera resort of St Tropez, where she lives.
“My pain is terrible. I cannot sleep,” the famous animal lover said at the time.
The cat disappeared apparently after becoming frightened when gardeners were trimming bushes at the property on March 26th.
The disappearance sparked a major cat hunt with even the TV show Le Petit Journal, broadcast on Canal Plus, sending a team to help drum up publicity for Rontonton.
Local newspaper Var Matin launched an appeal to find the cat, which saw the appeal number bombarded with around 200 calls from people reporting positive sightings of the cat.
He was finally found by a couple on the road between Salins and St Tropez. The couple's grandson apparently recognised Rontonton from the appeal photo.
"It's a marvellous surprise and one I was not expecting," French radio RTL quoted Bardot as saying.
The cat was handed back to the grateful 78-year-old, who in turn handed over the €600 reward she had pledged for the safe return of Rontonton.