NATIONAL: Abandoned kitten bears uncanny resemblance to Hercule Poirot

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An abandoned kitten has been inundated with offers of a new home due to its uncanny resemblance to the ceelbrated detective Hercule Poirot.

Four-month-old Tasha's black and white fur gives her the appearance of having a distinctive handlebar moustache - the trademark of Agatha Christie's famous sleuth.

The kitten was found in a street

The kitten was found in a street

The moggy was taken in by the RSPCA's Birmingham Animal Centre on November 4, after being found wandering the streets with an injury to her eye.

The feline doppelganger has been in high demand after Murder on the Orient Express was released in cinemas on November 3, starring Kenneth Branagh.

Emma Finnimore, cattery supervisor at the centre, said: “With Murder on the Orient Express big in the cinemas right now, Poirot seems to be everywhere - and more so at our animal centre, in the form of a kitten.

"We don’t get many cats in with these sort of markings, so Tasha is certainly very special.

“When she came to us she had an injured eye and she was very timid, but gradually she has discovered the joy of being fussed and has started to enjoy cuddles.

“Now that has relaxed she likes to play a lot and is curious about any moving object - she certainly likes to investigate, just like her detective doppelganger.

“Her unusual looks certainly caught the eye of visitors to the centre and she has been quickly reserved.

"However we have so many cats at our centre looking for a new home so we urge anyone looking for a feline friend to pop into the centre and have a look at our gorgeous cats.”

Anyone interested in adopting a cat from Birmingham Animal Centre can call 0300 123 8585 or visit the centre between 11am and 3.15pm each day except Tuesday.