Beloved long­time ‘ro­dent con­trol of­fi­cer’ dies

Cape Breton Post - - News | Cape Breton/Province -

The best-loved cat on Hal­i­fax’s wa­ter­front has died.

Erik the Red, the re­tired “ro­dent con­trol of­fi­cer’’ at the CSS Aca­dia na­tional his­toric site, passed away Tues­day. The Mar­itime Mu­seum of the At­lantic, where the Aca­dia is moored, announced the death Thurs­day, say­ing Erik died “qui­etly at home af­ter a brief ill­ness.’’

He was around 20 year old. The el­derly orange tabby was the ship’s ro­dent con­trol of­fi­cer for more than 15 years be­fore re­tir­ing in 2015 to share a home in Hal­i­fax’s north end with a hu­man co­worker.

Erik was of­ten seen wan­der­ing around the shops and restau­rants on the wa­ter­front. Some of­fered him sweaters in the win­ter, while mu­seum staff are con­vinced others puffed Erik up with treats.

He had sur­vived three cat­nap­pings and 16 win­ters on board the Aca­dia.

The Aca­dia, a Cana­dian Sci­en­tific Ship, was re­tired in 1969 af­ter 56 years of ser­vice and des­ig­nated a na­tional his­toric site in 1976.

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