Wiping tears from her eyes, Anna explains: "Poor little Elpuck. I still clean out his cage every week, although he's never coming back. Andrew promised to replace him 'by next Tuesday', but that was some time ago."
Mr Withers has dismissed the story as nonsense, stating: "Euh, moi, je m'en fous. Elle est folle, cette fille. Je n'ai jamais touché son rat".