THE WORLD THIS WEEK: Cat with 26 toes

Most cats have 18 toes — five on their front paws and four on the back — but, Des, from Felindre in South Wales, has got eight more than usual. Now his owners are trying to find out if Des’ extra toes will help him hot-foot it into British record books. Cats that have too many toes are called Polydactyls. A Canadian cat called Jake has got the world record with 28 toes.

Des’ owner, Alison Thomas, said he’d always had huge paws and they had to be careful if he was feeling grumpy. She said, “If he paws at anything we’ve got to unlatch him, but he’s just a bit silly really.”