Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Secret Documents Detail British Cat Dynasty

I like to keep an eye on the news so this story really caught my attention. Some recently-released government documents show that the British home office employed a series of cats as official "mousers" from 1929 to 1976.

According to the AP (via CNN), documents reveal that one of the cats (dubbed Peter III) almost caused an international incident. An official wrote that:

"I am informed that a couple of years ago, on the occasion of the Armistice ceremony, official humiliation was only averted in the nick of time by a HEO (higher executive officer) of Establishment Division, who threw a soiled doormat out a window a few seconds before the appearance of H.M. (Her Majesty) the Queen," the note stated. "The offender was Peter."

Read the whole story here on CNN.com.

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