Today, cats are a few steps closer to world domination. A handsome tuxie named Palmerston has been appointed “Chief Mouser” for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London.
He’s named after Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston, who served as the U.K.’s foreign secretary nearly 200 years ago before going on to serve twice as prime minister.
“I am delighted to welcome Palmerston to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office,” said FCO Permanent Under-Secretary Simon McDonald in a news release today. “In his role as FCO Chief Mouser, he will assist our pest controllers in keeping down the number of mice in our King Charles Street building. I hope that Palmerston’s impact will be as considerable as his namesake’s.”
(We all know he will be the one running the FCO.)
This new government employee was a neglected stray cat found wandering the streets of London in March. Found hungry and underweight, he was rescued by the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home and fattened up for adoption.
“Palmerston will have no problems making friends and foes in the Foreign Office,” said Battersea’s Head of Catteries Lindsey Quinlan. “He’s a very confident cat, loves being with people, and enjoys a good chin rub.”
She added that “nothing escapes the attention” of this “formidable feline” who will “have an eagle eye out for unwanted visitors, whiskers twitching and ready to pounce at the right moment, to keep his new home free of rodent interlopers.”
Palmerston’s new home is just a few doors down from another feline luminary, Larry Cameron, the feline prime minister. One hopes this tuxie achieves the same worldwide fame as Larry (shown below with some adoring fans.)