A cat breeder was eaten by her 20 giant Maine Coon pedigree pets after collapsing at her home.
The gruesome end was only discovered after an employee called police in Bataysk, Rostov region, Russia, when she was unable to contact the breeder.
Inside her home, police found her partially eaten body surrounded by the cats. They believe she had been dead for two weeks.
"The cats were left alone on their own for two weeks, there was no food, so what else to eat?" an animal rescue expert who cared for some of the surviving cats said.
"It's understandable right? They ate what there was."
Some of the woman's healthier cats were sold on to new owners for 2,000 rubles each (A$50).
It is not known whether their new owners were told of their taste for human flesh, local reports said.
Maine Coon cats are noted for their large size and originated in the US state of Maine.
It is an extremely popular pedigree cat breed currently occupying the number three slot on the world pet cat popularity list.
It is normally known for its passive nature and is often known as "the gentle giant".
- Australscope/ Newsflash
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