Long Live Britain’s Newest Chief Mouser, Palmerston The Cat

The British Foreign Office hired a mousing moggy, down the road from the country’s leading feline, Larry the Downing Street cat.

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Never mind the bollocks. Here's Palmerston. Via Stefan Rousseau, PA/UK Civl ServiceTwitter

A London street urchin taken in by an orphanage finds a new home with a well-to-do family.

The, um, twist to this story is the orphan. The British Foreign Office has adopted a cat to fight mice, the BBC reports. Palmerston began work today after a meeting with the press. It is all very official and very British and well-suited for a proper cat.

A statement by the Foreign Office very Englishly put it thusly: “Palmerston is HM Diplomatic Service’s newest arrival and in the role of FCO Chief Mouser will assist our pest controllers in keeping down the number of mice in our King Charles Street building.” Indeed.

According to the BBC, the 2-year-old mixed breed cat was found wandering the streets of London hungry, underweight and without a microchip. Any owners he might have had could not be tracked, so he went to live at the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, a UK animal rescue, where the Foreign Office came across him.

The BBC notes that Palmerston joins a sophisticated list of feline civil servants. Apparently many cats live “in important government buildings, many of which are old and full of mice.”

Likely the most famous is Larry, who moved into the prime minster’s home, Number 10 Downing Street, in 2011. David Cameron said in a radio interview that Larry works hard to deal with the rodents there (also that Larry acted friendly toward President Obama, which is very diplomatic of him).

Despite the stiff-upper-lip-ness of all things UK, we were pleased to see the British enjoy cat puns as much as the rest of us. The Foreign Office mentioned they will be looking after Palmerston’s “welfur.”

Good on ya, Brits.

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