British embassy cat appointed chief mouser in Jordan

  • 09 Dec - 15 Dec, 2017
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At the British embassy in Jordan, a former rescue cat is settling into his new position as chief mouser, as a well established tradition in the ministries of London goes global.

A fluffy black-and-white tom named Lawrence of Abdoun reports directly to the Foreign Office’s Palmerston, a cat that delights its 57,000 followers with regular updates from the ministry in Whitehall via @DiploMog.

Lawrence is named after T.E. Lawrence, a British military officer who fought alongside Arabs against the Ottoman Empire during the First World War, whereas Abdoun is the neighbourhood of Amman where the embassy is located.

The mouser has already gained 2,500 followers since being adopted from an animal shelter in October. Laura Dauban, the Deputy Ambassador at the U.K. embassy in Jordan says, “Apart from his mousing duties, he reaches out to followers on Twitter. What’s quite interesting is the British public are seeing the U.K. embassy in Jordan in a different light,” adding that through the cat’s Twitter account, the embassy is trying to show a different side to Jordan, what it is really like, a peaceful, prosperous country that British tourists should come and visit.