Larry, a cat who happens to be the Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office, was caught taking a break from his usual duties while Turkey's Prime Minister paid a visit to 10 Downing Street.
It's traditional practice in the United States for “First Pets” to be owned by whoever occupies the White House. Lose an election and all residents, human or not, pack up and ship out. They do things differently in the UK. Take Larry, the 10 Downing Street cat. He arrived at the official British Prime Minister's residence on February 15th of 2011, when David Cameron was PM.
Though Cameron's long gone, Larry's still hanging in there – he's owned by the staff of 10 Downing Street, who chose him from among the stray cats being held at the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. Staffers chip in to share the cost of Larry's food (apart from rodents) and medical bills.
Larry is almost 11 years old based on estimates he was born in early 2007. He's a brown and white tabby who official duties, according to 10 Downing's website, include “greeting guests to the house, inspecting security defences, and testing antique furniture for napping quality.” Nice work if you can get it!
The “greeting guests” part doesn't always go well as Larry seems to prefer women to men – a possible hint to some traumatic incident in the former rescue cat's past. This may explain why Larry was out and about when these photos were taken on November 27th: Prime Minister of Turkey Binali Yildirim was visiting 10 Downing Street at the time.
Not all men rub Larry the wrong way, if truth be told. According to former PM Cameron, “Funnily enough he liked (Barack) Obama. Obama gave him a stroke and he was all right with Obama.” One wonders how Larry will react when President Donald Trump drops in during his upcoming visit to the UK. Will Larry launch himself at Trump's voluminous orange combover or will The Donald turn the tables and grab him by the, er, scruff of the neck? (images vis WENN)