Highways England road workers had an unusual surprise when they saw a deadly chase down a drainage tunnel they were repairing lining on recently.
The operatives were doing the work on the drainage off the A120 at Wix as part of a £5.98 million package of maintenance and improvement work across the A12 and A120 that also include resurfacing, bridge and safety barrier repairs.
Having installed the new drainage, the operatives ran a camera down to check for any problems and ensure everything had gone smoothly.
While they were pleased with their work and the new drains, their cameras soon picked up a large rat heading down one of the drains.
What was less expected was the hungry domestic cat in hot pursuit of the rodent, which the cameras picked up just a minute later.
It looks like the fearless feline did not get to enjoy rat-atouille for dinner, and cameras later picked it up leaving the new drainage.
Site supervisor Jason Appleton, who was overseeing the team which completed the work last month, said: “Sometimes we see rats going down the drains, but it’s the first time we’ve ever seen an intrepid moggy in hot pursuit. It was like an episode of Tom and Jerry live.
“Occasionally when we have diversions in place for our road works residents express concerns about their village being used as a rat run. I don’t think anyone ever expected this drainage to be used as one.”