Larry to remain


Press Association “Larry the cat will not be evicted from No 10, Cabinet Office confirms”

デヴィッド・キャメロン辞任と新しい首相の就任によるダウニング街10番地の住人の交代に伴って*2、猫のラリーの去就が注目されていたが、引き続き官邸に残留することになった。官邸の見解では、ラリーは「公務員の猫(a civil servant’s cat)」でありキャメロンのペットではない。「主任鼠捕り官(Chief mouser)」という肩書もあるようなのだ。

Larry, who was rehomed from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home in 2011, was said to have a “strong predatory drive” that suggested he would be well suited to the task of rat catching.

David Cameron welcomed the cat’s arrival, and said he would make a “great addition” to the Number 10 team. Larry was the first cat to hold the appointment since stalwart ratter Humphrey was retired in 1997.

Humphrey was succeeded for a short period by Sybil, the pet of then chancellor Alistair Darling, in 2007, but the renowned mouser failed to settle, and returned to Scotland. The Foreign Office appointed Palmerston, a moggy, in April to keep pests in Whitehall at bay.

An unofficial Twitter account set up under Larry’s name posted on Monday: “Does anyone know a good cat groomer available tomorrow? I need to make a good impression on someone on Wednesday …”

It had earlier tweeted: “One final thing before they’ll let you have the job, TheresaMay2016 – tell the people you’ll keep me in Number 10.”


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