A DESPERATE appeal has been launched to find a popular cat who disappeared from her home in a visitors centre almost two weeks ago.

Felix, who has lived at the National Park Centre at Aysgarth Falls all of her life, is believed to have been accidentally taken.

The black and white feline went missing between 6.15 and 8pm on Monday, July 6, and has not been seen since.

She is well-known for "meeting and greeting" dozens of visitors each day and has been photographed by thousands of people.

The Northern Echo:

John Lawton of the National Park Centre said it was out of character for the much-loved cat to disappear.

He said: "All the grounds have been searched and there is no sign of Felix, who is named so because she looks like the cat associated with the cat food.

"All the staff are very worried for her and upset she is missing, she is much loved by everyone and lights up the faces of visitors both young and old."

Mr Lawton is concerned that someone may have taken Felix believing she is a stray cat, roaming around woodland.

The Northern Echo:

He has since urged anyone with information to contact him on 07876-454213 or to contact the centre directly on 01969-662911.

He added: "Felix is second most popular to the falls at the park centre and she is missed very much.

"We have a lot of visitors from the North-East and many make a fuss of her. We are pretty sure someone thought she was a stray cat that needed rescuing unfortunately."