An animal lover has been hailed a hero after he wrestled a suffocating cat from the squeeze of a boa constrictor with his bare hands.
The unidentified man was alerted to the distressing scene after he heard heart-wrenching mews of pain coming from undergrowth in Costa Rica.
With no thought for his own safety, he leapt into action, plunging his hand into the tangle of scales and fur in a bid to pry the puss free.
The cat was spotted in the man's village later the same day looking dazed, but in good spirits.
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