The two were sometimes seen fighting in the street outside the British prime minister’s home. Three years later, Freya was found was alive and living in a garden near her family's former Notting Hill house. How the pandemic has changed the world economy, The homeless addict who became a professor, The deadly ingredient smuggled onto US menus, Viewpoint: Africa no longer needs lectures from the US. Palmerston, the Foreign Office’s chief mouser, is set for retirement after four years of service in Whitehall. Palmerston, who is named after the longest-serving British Foreign Secretary, Lord Palmerston, arrived in April 2016 as a rescue cat. There are a number of cats living in important government buildings, many of which are old and full of mice. He also said Larry did not generally like men but was friendly with President Obama. On his first day on the job, Larry scratched a journalist. He's said to be quite friendly, cuddling tourists and diplomats alike (no doubt preventing wars and general chaos with his fluffy diplomacy). https://www.itv.com/.../palmerston-the-foreign-office-cat-retires-as-chief-mouser Head of Catteries Lindsey Quinlan gave the former stay high marks, stopping just short of calling him a … It was posted on Twitter. LONDON - Time spent in lockdown was just superb for Palmerston, the chief mouser at the U.K. Foreign Office. LONDON (AP) — Time spent in lockdown was just superb for Palmerston, the chief mouser at the U.K. Foreign Office. He got in at least one fight with Larry, head mouse catcher for the prime minister. 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Palmerston - the cat recruited by the Foreign Office as 'chief mouser' - made his first catch today, just weeks into his new job. "If his behaviour at Battersea is anything to go by, we predict Palmerston will be a formidable feline, very deserving of his new name.". In a letter penned by his official Twitter account, Palmerston insisted it was no dead cat strategy by Downing Street. © 2021 BBC. The letter from Palmerston, or @DiploMog’ as he is known on Twitter, said his service showed that “even those with four legs and fur have an important part to play in the U.K.’s global effort.”. A rescue cat called Palmerston has been adopted by the UK government's Foreign Office to be its new Chief Mouser. Freya, the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne's family pet, has had a number of misadventures. .css-14iz86j-BoldText{font-weight:bold;}The Foreign Office is hiring a cat to wage war on mice inside the famous building in Whitehall. Palmerston will be living at one of the country's most famous addresses among the UK's top diplomats and ministers. 'Chief mouser' Palmerston retires as UK's top diplomatic cat JoJo Siwa 'never been this happy' after coming out, Vaccinated people may spread Covid, warns Van-Tam, Man missing for 18 days 'survived on mushrooms', A man who invited the world over for dinner, UK firms told 'set up in EU to avoid trade issues'. “I have been delighted to meet representatives from all over the world, and I hope I have done you proud in putting the U.K.’s best foot or paw forward in such interaction,” the letter said. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. When she was just a few months old, she went missing. Larry even has his own "unofficial" Twitter account, with 47,500 followers. Video. Then in 2014, Freya was "clipped" by a car near Downing Street but her injuries weren't serious. Battersea's Head of Catteries, Lindsey Quinlan told Newsbeat: ""He's a very confident cat, loves being with people, and enjoys a good chin rub. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth), Connect with the definitive source for global and local news. It is announced Friday Aug. 7, 2020, that Palmerston is retiring from his hectic city job, and will retire to the countryside after four long, hard years on the job. VideoLong watch: Is this Russian cult leader a fraud? Palmerston, the chief mouser at the UK Foreign Office has decided to leave sorting out international affairs to the human diplomats and retire after four-year service. Philip Hammond answers a question on Keith Simpson on whether or not the Chief Mouser to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Palmerston, is a spy. 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