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Downing Street Defends Larry The Cat After Mouse Sighting

Nov 14, 2011
Originally published on November 14, 2011 10:02 am

Calls for Larry the cat to resign from his position as No. 10 Downing Street's semi-official mouser have been "rebuffed," the BBC reports. That's even though The Daily Mail says Prime Minister David Cameron had to resort "to throwing cutlery" at a mouse during a dinner with Cabinet ministers last week because of "Larry's apparent disinterest in keeping on top of the now growing rodent problem" at the PM's official residence.

As Morning Edition previously reported, Larry was brought on staff last winter. In June, according to the BBC, Cameron said Larry is " 'a good mouser' and had caught three mice since his arrival."

Just what Larry's more recent problem may be, isn't clear. The fearsome Fleet Street press doesn't seem to have cracked the story just yet. But there is this hint in the BBC's report: "A spokesman for the Royal Parks confirmed in September that Maisie, a cat who lives at the nearby St James' Park keeper's cottage, had struck up a close friendship with Larry."

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