A little Afghan ginger kitty had a rough beginning but was given a second chance at life by people from the UK camp in Helmand, Afghanistan.
"He was abandoned by his mother and the only survivor of a litter. He was found in a garbage sack being poked and kicked by some of the local guards. He had a huge wound on his belly that most did not think he would survive but the little guy is just like the famous hardy rifle we named him after! And thanks to people like Steve S and Dave J who provided him with food, shelter and protection the little man still has faith in humans and so much affection inside him," said Ben Soden on Facebook.
"AK was like our little dog. He became so reliant on humans he would follow us across camp to the chow hall and would sleep in different team members rooms for the night. The camp has several big tom cats... so we would have to nurse his wounds and cheer him up occasionally....But a bowl of coconut milk (he loves the stuff!) and one of his little mouse toys would see him charging about causing chaos again. We are all glad he is safe in Kabul and on his way home but our camp in Helmand is much more quiet without him," he added.
"We are going to get him back to the UK come hell or high water!" They are getting help from Nowzad, a registered non-profit rescue group from England and Wales based in Afganistan.
"With lots of TLC he was soon much better and growing by the day. AK is now a very happy and healthy cat who always seems to keep going no matter what," said Nowzad.
"Despite his sad start in life he is a beautiful little boy who loves snoozing on people’s laps, following everyone around camp and playing with toys. His owner now desperately wants to bring him home and to give AK a forever loving home in the UK," Nowzad wrote on their Facebook.