When B&B owner Robert Gray found a stuffed cat among the dust in his attic, he assumed it was some kind of bizarre antique.
But after taking the pile of rags to a vet for an x-ray, it emerged the artefact is actually a 2,000-year-old Egyptian mummy.
Images revealed the outline of a perfectly preserved ancient cat - complete with face, ears, spine and brain.
Mr Gray, 56, of Portscatho, Cornwall, said the object had belonged to his late father Peter Gray who was an Egyptologist.
But he had never realised the cat was a genuine piece of history and is worth several thousand pounds. Read more.