A stray cat has been identified as the prime suspect in the attempted murder of an elderly woman found bleeding profusely in Mifune, southern Japan.
82-year-old Mayuko Matsumoto was found by her daughter with about 20 cuts to her face at her home.
Police launched an attempted murder investigation after seeing her wounds.
Ms Matsumoto, who is bedridden and reportedly unable to speak about the attack, had to receive emergency care.
Investigators found no sign of forced entry into the house, but suspected the elderly woman's wounds had been caused by a cat.
Police found traces of what could be human blood on one of a number of stray cats found around Ms Matsumoto's home.
Tests are being carried out on a sample of the blood.
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