TIGER the cat has got eight lives left.

THE one-year-old ginger tom is recovering after being shot between the eyes under his owner's highset North Rockhampton home last Wednesday.

His owner, Michelle Pearce, had come home for lunch and didn't hear the shot, but got a shock when she saw her cat bleeding on the front veranda.

"The next thing I know he is coughing up blood,'' she said.

Mrs Pearce, 24, rushed Tiger to the High Street Veterinary Clinic.

"By the time we got there his nose was so swollen he couldn't open his eye,'' she said.

An X-ray revealed a 1cm long and .5cm wide slug ? believed to have been shot from a slug gun or air rifle ? lodged in his neck.

"It had gone through his nose, hit the roof of his mouth, his tongue and then went into his neck. Someone who knew how to shoot got him, because he was shot between the eyes,'' she said.

"Our other cats weren't hit, even though they were with him.

"That said, there is a gully behind our house, what if the person had missed though?

"Children are always using the gully behind our house as a short- cut.



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