...the discovery of a mummified cat - believed to be almost 180 years old - in a New Town basement is being put down not to a case of feline misadventure, but to witchcraft.
It is thought the animal was the unfortunate victim of a superstitious belief that dead cats could bring good luck to a building.
It is believed the cat has been trapped underneath the floorboards of the basement of 1 Rutland Square since it was built in the 1830s.
"At that time, it was quite a common process to keep dead animals in buildings to ward off evil spirits and bring luck.
"It's just one of those strange superstitions, kind of like christening a building.
"Through the years, cats have had a mystical quality. During the middle ages they were identified very strongly with witchcraft and some people were very against them."
He added that the animals were usually placed within walls or underneath floorboards, however he didn't think the animals were slaughtered deliberately or purposely mummified.