As reported in the March 31 BBC News, a five-year-old girl in Durham, England, Eliza Adamson-Hopper, wrote to the local constabulary suggesting that the police might usefully employ cats:
Eliza Adamson-Hopper contacted Durham Police chief Mike Barton suggesting cats would be good at listening out for danger and rescuing people from trees.
She received a reply saying he would pass the idea on to an inspector.
The force has now confirmed it will consider using felines in an as-yet unspecified role.
Insp Richie Allen, of the dog support unit, said: “I can confirm the force is looking into recruiting what we believe to be the first UK police cat.
“Their duties and responsibilities have not yet been agreed but if nothing else they will become the force mascot.
“Of course, if it smells a rat we’ll expect it to catch it.”
Eliza, who has a cat called Mittens and a dog called Susie, wanted to know why the police use dogs but not cats.
. . . Eliza’s letter read: “A police cat would be good as they have good ears and can listen out for danger.
“Cats are good at finding their way home and could show policemen the way.
“Cats are good at climbing trees and hunting and could rescue people that are stuck.”
Mr Barton’s reply, which included a drawing of his cat, thanked her for the suggestion.
Here is the letter from the constabulary to Eliza, which includes a drawing of the policeman’s cat, Joey! (Click to enlarge.)
Finally, there’s a highly rated new animated children’s movie, “April and the Extraordinary World,” that features an orphaned girl and her talking cat, named Darwin. What’s not to like? You can see a thumbs-up review on the Roger Ebert site, and the Rotten Tomatoes review site gives the movie an unheard-of 98% positive rating by critics.
The movie is a French/Canadian/Belgian venture, and is in French (it has English subtitles); the voice of April (Avril) is Oscar winner Marion Cotillard.
You must go see it if you have cats, kids, or both, or even if you just like cats—or good movies. If you’ve already seen it, weigh in below.
Here’s the trailer in which Darwin makes several appearances: