This is the moment a clever mouse escapes the clutches of a cunning cat in a real-life Tom and Jerry sketch.
The worried rodent is seen peering round a chair leg as three-year-old black and white moggie Audrey gets set to pounce.
But just as in the iconic cartoon, the mouse overcame the odds to triumphantly escape completely unscathed.
Pensioner David Orange, 72, did his best to stick up for the little underdog but it appears the animal didn’t want or need his help.
He said: “The mouse was trying to box the cat.
“It was amazing to watch, just like something from Tom and Jerry.
“When I looked at the mouse it seemed to be saying to me ‘help me out mate, I’m in a bit of a situation here’.
“It was very cleverly moving from chair to chair, going back behind the chair legs, always keeping its back to the wall.
“This went on for about two hours and I just had to get my camera out.
“I couldn’t catch him either. I tried so I could go and release him but he was too fast.”
Former air conditioning engineer and pastor Mr Orange, who lives with his wife Sue, 67, at their home in Ilford, Essex, said the family dog, Sam, a nine-year-old Sprocker Spaniel, also got in on the action.
He said: “At times, they were both looking at this mouse.
“The cat was far more laid back because I think she had brought the mouse in and she was just prepared to play a game with it.
“But the dog was desperate to get at it but he couldn’t because he is too big and clumsy.
“The mouse got away in the end we think and the cat never got him.
“He was surrounded but he very cleverly managed to avoid both animals and get away.”
Westley Pearson, Director of Claims at Animal Friends pet insurance company said: “Cats are renowned predators by nature.
“Many owners will remember a time when their beloved pet has left them an unwanted ‘present’.
“However, you can play games with your cat, using toys, which will trigger those same instincts without endangering the local rodents!”