UK’s chief mouser celebrates 10 years

Having been on the job with unending dedication for the past 10 years, Larry the cat is being recognized as Britain's top mouse-catcher in chief in London's 10 Downing St., the traditional home of the prime minister.


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February 18, 2021 - 10:17 AM

LONDON (AP) — Larry the cat, a four-legged inhabitant of London’s 10 Downing St., is marking a decade as Britain’s mouse-catcher in chief on Monday.

The tabby cat was recruited by then-Prime Minister David Cameron to deal with a pack of rats seen scuttling close to the British leader’s official residence, and entered Downing Street on Feb. 15, 2011.

The former stray, adopted from London’s Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, was given the title Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office, an unofficial pest control post. He was the first cat to hold the rat-catching portfolio since the retirement of Humphrey in 1997, and has loyally served three prime ministers. 

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