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After four years at the top, the UK's chief mousecatcher has retired.

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The government's Chief of Mouse Catching and Being Cute is retiring to the countryside after four years patrolling the corridors of power at 10 Downing Street. 

By Ashley Murphy

Published on the 12/08/2020, 18:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:26

Palmerston, named after the 19th-century British prime minister, became Downing Street's head mouse catcher back in 2016.

Palmerston got a little too comfy on the job!

For three years, Palmerston earned his keep by chasing away mice and other vermin. 

But, Palmerston got a little bit too comfortable with the job perks.

Too many strokes caused Palmerston to lose the edge that every good mouse catcher needs. He also piled on a few extra pounds because everybody was feeding him treats!

So Palmerston took a few months off work to get back in shape, returning to full fitness in December 2019.

Palmerston's next hiatus came after the outbreak of COVID 19. To keep him and everybody else safe, government officials sent Palmerston to a countryside retreat for a few months.

He was due to report back for duty later this year, but it soon became clear that Palmerston was much happier 'working from home' in the countryside, where there are plenty of mice to chase.

Palmerston makes an official statement

So Palmerston officially hung up his boots and will live out his well-earned retirement in the idyllic countryside.

The government announced Palmerston's departure in a press release earlier this week. A journalist managed to contact Palmerston for a direct quote, by the only thing he said was 'meow.'

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