The official residence of the British Prime Minister may have lost its previous occupant, but there’s one tenant who is not going anywhere anytime soon. It’s Larry, the calico cat.
After the announcement of the new British Prime Minister, Liz Truss, onlookers peer an unbothered Larry prowling in front of 10 Downing Street. Marking his territory in response to the newcomer, perhaps?
Larry, the Cabinet Office’s head mouser, made news once again. Although Larry’s day job is eradicating the rodent population that has made his landmark building their home, the puss is not afraid to speak his mind on other matters.
On his Twitter page, the feline shares his highly-anticipated takes on significant events shaking the UK. As a result, the formerly stray tabby cat grabbed the attention of netizens during the political turmoil involving Britain’s ex-Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Larry declared on his social media page, referring to the former Minister:
“Either he goes or I”
Naturally, this defiant tweet received a positive response from the kitten’s followers.
Following Liz Truss’s appointment as the next British Prime Minister, Larry has been sighted wandering outside of 10 Downing Street.
Press agency Reuters released a video showing Larry waiting outside the Prime Minister’s mansion while reporters and camera operators prepared for an announcement from the new head of Government, with a caption:
Larry the cat was spotted outside 10 Downing Street in London after Liz Truss was named the next British prime minister pic.twitter.com/8pScixRymW
— Reuters (@Reuters) September 6, 2022
Per usual, the calico feline’s appearance gave the internet fodder for witticisms. User @margavanhemme commented:
Larry has seen it all before and isn’t impressed
Dallan O’Reilly, under the account @oreilly_dallan, jokingly wrote:
Larry said, “I’m getting another one today. It’s another rescue. I take them in for a few months until I can find them a permanent home. I hope this one will be ok cos the last one was a nightmare!”
Larry outlasts Prime Ministers
This isn’t the first time Larry has witnessed a change if leadership at Downing Street. The tabby cat was initially brought from a shelter into the iconic residence in 2011 by then-Prime Minister David Cameron.
Five years later, Cameron and his family left without Larry, who had a civil servant status. Afterward, Theresa May and her husband moved in. Soon, the couple was followed by Boris Johnson.
Now, Johnson’s successor Liz Truss is making her grand entrance. Meanwhile, Larry remains in his position.
The feline has celebrated ten years of tenure at Downing Street last year. And judging by his slinky walk, the Chief Mouser still has long days ahead of him.