Palmerston arrives from the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home

By Alex Heigl
April 12, 2016 05:19 PM

Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office has a new hire.

That would be Palmerston the cat, hired as the Office’s “chief mouser.”

The Foreign Office, tasked with “protecting and promoting British interests worldwide” (per Wikipedia), hired Palmerston from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, and is named after Viscount Palmerston, who was a British foreign secretary and prime minister nearly 200 years ago.

“Palmerston is HM Diplomatic Service’s newest arrival and in the role of FCO chief mouser will assist our pest controllers in keeping down the number of mice in our King Charles Street building,” an FCO spokeswoman told the Telegraph.

“Palmerston’s domestic posting will have zero cost to the public purse as a staff kitty will be used to pay for him and all aspects of his welfare,” she added.

We wish Palmerston the best in his new posting, though he’s coming into a rough situation: A two-foot rat was discovered in Grimsby, U.K. this week. Good luck, Palmerston. Stiff upper lip and all that.