AN Evesham firefighter has taken in a "mew" member of his family, adopting a kitten found at a flat where a man was found dead.

Kyle Annis, who is on-call crew commander at Evesham Fire Station, heard how colleague had discovered 'Red' while helping paramedics at a flat in Evesham.

A man was found dead at the flat, and crewmembers heard a faint distressed mewing coming from another room.

Tracking the noise, they discovered the tiny kitten.

Although malnourished and dehydrated, he was otherwise healthy, and was dropped off at the Cats Protection League in Evesham as they could not find the mother cat.

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The kitten was cared for until he recovered and a new home could be found for him, with the agreement and support of the deceased person’s family.

Hearing about the kitten, and checking with his own family, Mr Annis wasted no time in offering to provide him with a new home.

He said: "It was sad that the resident was beyond help, but we were pleased the kitten was very much alive, if rather weak.

"After he was dropped at the Cats Protection League, they called him ‘Red’ in honour of the service that found him.

"Needless to say, we’re all delighted that Red has bounced back to health and is now full of mischief, and my family are thrilled to have a new pet."