Caturday felid trifecta: Another official cat: the U.K. Embassy’s mouser in Jordan, Felicette gets a memorial, and lovely entrants in the 2017 UK Cat Fanciers Show

This will be the last Caturday Felid post till I return to the U.S., and I’m proud that, as I recall, we haven’t missed one for several years. (Now whether anyone actually READS these posts is another matter!)

The first item of the trifecta comes from author Gershom Gorenberg, who reports the existence of a new diplomatic cat in Jordan. (We were down one after Paddles, the First Cat of New Zealand, was killed by a car at the age of only one.)

Here’s the video (English starts halfway though).

I don’t think countries realize how beneficial it is for a country’s image to have an official diplomatic cat (the UK, of course, has Larry, the Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office).

The cat in Jordan is named Lawrence of Abdoun, described in the YouTube video below like this:

Meet Lawrence of Abdoun, a furry feline who is the first “diplo-cat” to be appointed by the British Embassy in Amman. Rescued from an animal shelter in October, Lawrence was chosen as the first overseas envoy to Palmerston, the chief mouser at the United Kingdom Foreign Office in London. The black and white fur-ball is named after T.E. Lawrence, a British military officer who fought alongside Arabs in the Great Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Empire during the First World War. Abdoun is the neighbourhood where the British embassy is located.

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From the Atlas Obscura we learn that the first cat in space, Félicette, launched by the French in 1963 for a brief space flight and successfully recovered, will get her own memorial. It will be a bronze statue financed by a successful Kickstarter campaign that, to date, has accrued more than £43,000. The campaign was begun by a French advertising director, Matthew Serge Guy. You can see some proposed designs for the statue on the Kickstarter page.

If your French is even reasonably good, you should be able to understand this video about the brave tuxedo moggie. Sadly, the cruel French “euthanized” (e.g., killed) Félicette a few months after her return to examine her brain. HOW COULD THEY?

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Finally, the Guardian gives some lovely pictures of entrants in the 2017 UK Cat Fanciers show. These are my favorites, with the Guardian’s description:

Puritsokatz Jack Be Nimble. Blue Point & White Male Ragdoll He is six months old and currently weighs 5.3kg – fully grown he will be up to 12kg. He lives in Birmingham with his owner Mr Waseem Azam, and devoted pamperer Sarah Azam.

A red male Abyssinian, Almaros is two years and two months old and lives in Mosel, Germany, with his owner, Alice Rosol.

Savannah Destiny. A black spotted tabby and white female Norwegian forest cat, she is one year and six months old and lives with her owner, Issy Grenville-Payne.

Paolo, a male sepia Singapura, is two and a half years old and lives in Norfolk with his owner, Kinsey Foster.

Fairy 4 U Cupcake. A tabby and white female American shorthair, she is four months old and lives with her owner, Ulrike Knüppel, in Hagen, Germany.

h/t: Matthew Cobb, Randall, Ronaldo

11 Comments

  1. BJ
    Posted December 30, 2017 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    A dog could never be a diplomat. It would roll over far too easily in every negotiation.

  2. Craw
    Posted December 30, 2017 at 10:11 am | Permalink

    California is prosecuting a man for leaving anti Muslim and anti Islam comments on a blog.

    https://reason.com/volokh/2017/12/29/calif-prosecuting-man-for-insulting-post

  3. Randall Schenck
    Posted December 30, 2017 at 11:07 am | Permalink

    Well, so much for the French and their space program. What did they possibly learn from that?

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted December 30, 2017 at 6:32 pm | Permalink

      That they need another 400 types of cheese?

  4. gravelinspector-Aidan
    Posted December 30, 2017 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

    Very impressive Lawrence of Abdoun looks too. A fine addition to to the diPAWmatic corps.

  5. Laurance
    Posted December 30, 2017 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

    I read your Caturday posts, and I see that other people do, too.

  6. David
    Posted December 30, 2017 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

    I read your Caturday posts all the time. Would not miss for the world! Beautiful cats.

  7. Posted December 31, 2017 at 3:04 am | Permalink

    Everyone I know reads these, thanks.

    Further adventures of our Tiuhti and Viuhti:

    https://www.instagram.com/pstenroos/

  8. Posted December 31, 2017 at 4:18 am | Permalink

    Wouldn’t miss any posts, and love cats.

  9. betsy sherry
    Posted December 31, 2017 at 8:20 am | Permalink

    my favorite posting of the week, happy new year =^.^=

  10. Andrea Kenner
    Posted December 31, 2017 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

    I read them!


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