Larry the Cat has been a resident of Downing Street since 2011, and has served under Cameron, May and Johnson. This morning, Larry attacked a pigeon. Who is Larry the Cat?
How old is Larry the Cat?
Larry is a 13-year-old, brown-and-white tabby cat. He has served as “Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office” at 10 Downing Street since 2011, from the age of 4.
Downing Street staff chose Larry from among the cats at the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. Sources described him at the time as a “good ratter” with a “high chase-drive and hunting instinct”.
The Camerons couldn’t take Larry with them when David Cameron left Downing Street. He said in 2016: “Sadly I can’t take Larry with me, he belongs to the house and the staff love him very much – as do I.”
Larry’s hunting instinct made headlines today after an encounter with a pigeon – adding to the “Brexit drama”.
Larry nil, pigeon one
The tussle occurred this morning, while the nation awaited an updated on the post-Brexit trade deal. Members of the press watched as Larry stalked an unsuspecting pigeon.
Larry tracked and pounced on the pigeon, grabbing it between his paws. However, the pigeon managed to shake off the attack, and flew away unscathed. Watch the video below.
According to the Downing Street website, Larry’s “official duties” include “greeting guests to the house, inspecting security defences, and testing antique furniture for napping quality”.
His daily responsibilities also involve “contemplating a solution to the mouse occupancy of the house. Larry says this is still ‘in tactical planning stage’.”
In 2015, David Blunkett suggested that Larry could be transferred to the House of Parliament to deal with mice there. However, Larry remained at Downing Street.
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