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In yet another testament to the power of the microchip, a Scottish orange tabby named Tigger was returned to his owner this week after having been missing for two years. He was found in Inverness, 160 miles from his Edinburgh home, and had been well cared for in the interim, weighing significantly more than he did when he was first lost.

His owner, Carole Tait, said: Im absolutely ecstatic, when I got a phone call from the SSPCA the other day I didnt think for a second it would be about Tigger. Hed gone missing before, but usually wed picked him up quite quickly.

However after a thorough search in the surrounding area, and a campaign of posters, including on the internet, we heard nothing so its just fantastic to know hes alive, let alone have him back home.

Hes just exactly the same as I remember him, albeit more than a little overweight wherever hes been hes clearly been very well looked after.

Its so important to have your pet micro-chipped, I would strongly advise anyone with a pet to do his as soon as possible.