Image: Edgar, the cat
Steven Senne  /  AP
Edgar, a 4-year-old long-haired female cat, is seen with stitches running the length of her face after surgery at the Angell Animal Medical Center, in Boston on Tuesday.
updated 12/9/2008 3:59:09 PM ET 2008-12-09T20:59:09

Me-ouch! Veterinarians in Boston have completed an unusual surgery to reattach the face of a cat who was slashed by a car's fan belt while she apparently tried to stay warm under the hood.

Edgar, a 4-year-old long-haired cat, was missing for three days after the accident. When she returned home, her skin and fur were hanging from her head.

Her owners brought her to Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, where veterinarians performed the surgery Tuesday.

The vets said they reattached Edgar's face using about 35 stitches. She came through the hour surgery with no problems, though she looks as though someone punched her in the eye.

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