As outgoing British Prime Minister David Cameron packed up his belongings yesterday to move from #10 Downing St and make way for his successor, Theresa May, the status of Larry, the cat who runs the U.K., has been called into question. Will he be kicked to the curb like Cameron?
Like most British pols, Larry has been on the receiving end of his fair share of slings and arrows during his tenure as Britain’s Chief Mouser, mostly because he refused to make a dent in the street’s rat population.
Larry staunchly defended his kill-no-rats position, “No one who’s seen the movie Ratatouille will ever eat a rat, am I right?”
Cameron has said that Larry is happy sleeping on the chair in the hallway and “doesn’t get up and get out much.”
In the last month his future was uncertain–not because of a poor performance report–but because a new Prime Minister is moving in.
“Larry is staying. He’s very much the Downing Street cat, not the Camerons’ personal cat. He is a Downing Street legend,” said a spokesman for the Cabinet Office.
Larry the Cat also appeared to be eyeballing his new owner on her way into Downing Street. “Yeah, I guess I should work on making a good impression. Maybe I’ll hork up a hairball in her slippers.”
Cameron was actually eager to take Larry with him, but confessed that there was just no room in the little red car for him unless the tabby wanted to be strapped down on top, and Larry is afraid of heights.
Good luck, Larry!