Palmerston, a tuxedo cat, was congratulated on Twitter by top civil servant Sir Simon McDonald after killing his first rodent on Tuesday.
The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s ‘Chief Mouser’ cat hired to wage war on mice has made his first official kill just weeks in the job.
The FCO permanent under-secretary tweeted a photograph of the cat and praised his work as the second biggest news story of the day besides Leicester’s historic title victory in the Premier League.
The pet was a rescue cat from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home and has been named after the former Foreign Minister and Prime Minister, whose name is Lord Palmerston.
In his very short career in office, the cat has already met ambassadors from Spain and South Korea, as The Evening Standard reported.
The idea of having a Chief Mouser at the FCO came from Downing Street where a resident “mouser” has always been employed since the reign of Henry VIII.
The current Chief Mouser to the UK Cabinet Office is a brown and white cat whose name Larry Cameron.
Way to go, Palmerston!