Chief Mouser Cat Em­ployed By UK For­eign Of­fice

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The British For­eign Of­fice has hired a cat to wage war on mice inside the iconic build­ing in Whitehall, nearly five years af­ter 10, Down­ing Street em­ployed a fe­line to kill rats in the prime min­is­ter’s home. Ap­pointed as the Chief Mouser, two-yearold Palmer­ston will be liv­ing at one of the coun­try’s most fa­mous ad­dresses among the UK’s top diplo­mats and min­is­ters. For­eign Of­fice bosses have been quick to point out that he will be no bur­den on the tax­payer. “Palmer­ston’s do­mes­tic post­ing will have zero cost to the pub­lic purse as a staff kitty will be used to pay for him and all as­pects of his wel­fare.” The cat with short hair was found wan­der­ing the streets of Lon­don. He was hun­gry, un­der­weight and had no mi­crochip, mean­ing his pre­vi­ous own­ers could not be traced, the BBC re­ported.

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