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Peta gets VIP Welcome: Black cat Peta sits in an "in"

Peta gets VIP Welcome: Black cat Peta sits in an 'in'

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Peta gets VIP Welcome: Black cat Peta sits in an "in"

Peta gets VIP Welcome: Black cat Peta sits in an " in" tray at the Home Office - a sign that she has moved in as the only mouser on the white-hall pay-roll. Peta, a seven-month-old Manx cat, replaced Peter, who died in March after stalking mice through the Home Office corridors for sixteen years. She will get double his pay - a 5s.-a-week living allowance from the Treasury instead of 2s.6d. And on Friday (8-5-64) she had a V.I.P. reception that old Peter never had. From her new boss, the Home Secretary himself. Peta, a gift from the Isle of Man Government, was flown to London and then ceremonially handed over to Home Secretary, Henry Brooke in his office. She didn t turn a hair. She was stroked, tickled, cuddled - and photographed. She was tried out with a toy mouse and contemptuously flicked it aside. She appeared, however, to take to her new employer. Cat-lover Mr. Brooke tickled Peta under her whiskers and voiced suitable words of welcome. " Kanniss Theshoo?" he asked. " Thats Manx for How are you?I" Peta did not reply. Perhaps, it was thought, she was eager to get down to the job of mousing. So she was taken on a tour of some of the two hundred rooms and many corridors she will have to patrol. Then she was shown her living quarters - a blanket-lined basket in the messengers lodge. The basket is not likely ever to contain anyone but Peta. She has been doctored. May 1964 P006156


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Peta the black cat receives a VIP welcome as she settles into her new role at the Home Office. Taking over from the beloved Peter, who faithfully hunted mice for sixteen years before his passing, Peta is now the sole mouser on the white-hall pay-roll. The seven-month-old Manx cat has already made quite an impression, earning double Peter's salary with a generous living allowance from the Treasury. In a special ceremony attended by Home Secretary Henry Brooke himself, Peta was officially handed over to her new boss. Unfazed by all the attention, she confidently explored her surroundings and even dismissed a toy mouse with disdain. It seems that Peta has taken a liking to Mr. Brooke, allowing him to stroke and tickle her under her whiskers while he warmly welcomed her in Manx language. Eager to begin her duties, Peta was given a tour of the vast Home Office premises consisting of hundreds of rooms and corridors where she will be on patrol for any pesky rodents. Her cozy living quarters in the messengers lodge have been prepared with a comfortable blanket-lined basket exclusively for her use. With high hopes pinned on this gifted feline from Isle of Man Government, it is clear that Peta's arrival marks an exciting new chapter in pest control at one of Britain's most important institutions.

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