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Rat-catching cat to remain in U.K. government building after prime minister change

By Daniel Uria
Rat-catching cat to remain in U.K. government building after prime minister change
Larry the Downing Street cat waits outside the famous door while British Prime Minister David Cameron meets his Italian counterpart Mario Monti at No.10 Downing Street on January 18, 2012 in London. A Cabinet Office spokeswoman confirmed that Larry would maintain his post as "chief mouser" after Cameron is replaced as prime minister by Theresa May on Wednesday. File Photo by Hugo Philpott/UPI | License Photo

LONDON, July 12 (UPI) -- A cat that had been employed by England's government for its rat-catching skills will keep its job despite the departure of former Prime Minister David Cameron.

Larry the cat, who has served as "chief mouser" at England's Downing Street, will remain on the job once Theresa May moves into the office as prime minister on Wednesday.

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"It's a civil servant's cat and does not belong to the Camerons – he will be staying," a Cabinet Office spokeswoman said.

Larry, who was said to have a "strong predatory drive," was brought in to Downing Street from London's Battersea Cats and Dogs Home by Cameron in 2011 after a large black rat was seen near the Cabinet Office on a live television broadcast.

Cameron said he was "delighted to welcome Larry to his new home" and said he would be "a great addition to Downing Street and will charm our many visitors."

Larry became the Cabinet's first chief mouser since Humphrey the cat retired in 1997, following a tradition of rat-catching cats that began in the 1920s with a feline known as Rufus of England.

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While Larry was able to keep his job, his unofficial Twitter account expressed some nervous feelings about meeting his new owner.

"Does anyone know a good cat groomer available tomorrow? I need to make a good impression on someone on Wednesday..." the post said.

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