Meet Gladstone, the new Mouse Control Officer at London’s Treasury.
Two months ago, he was found wandering the streets of the city and rescued by Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, where he was fed, taken care of and named Timmmy. This rescue group works hard to rehome dogs and cats into their ideal forever home, no matter how long it takes. In this case, the saw his potential for controlling the mouse population, so they paired him with the Treasury.
Rumor has it that the mouse situation there is so out of control, that the mice are already appearing in the offices during the day. That’s why the Treasury’s former acting permanent secretary, John Kingman, decided to recruit him. He was renamed Gladstone after the former Prime Minister and chancellor William Ewart Gladstone.
The black cat arrived to his new home at the end of June, but the official announcement was put on hold since the UK was dealing with their exit from the European Union. He is the third diplocat at the Treasury; joining forces with Larry (who arrived at 2011 to Downing Street) and Palmerston (who arrived earlier this year to the Foreign Office), who by the way, also were rescued by Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.
Getting cats to fulfill mouse control duties is a great idea because it’s a win-win situation. The cats do their part by hunting the mice and in return they get food, a home and lots of love. What can go wrong with that?
Since his duties officially started, Gladstone already has his Instagram account. Just follow this link and stay updated on his adventures.