Palmerston, the cat who has lived at the Foreign Office for four and a half years, will trade in his London residence for retirement in the countryside, where his mouse-catching duties for the diplomats will come to an end.
Writing to the more than 100,000 followers on his Twitter feed, the black and white moggy, who once lived at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, said he wanted to spend more time relaxing away from the limelight.
"I have enjoyed climbing trees and patrolling the fields around my new home in the countryside," he wrote to the Foreign Office’s most senior civil servant, Simon McDonald, signing off with two paw prints.
"I will miss hearing the footsteps of an Ambassador and sprinting to my hideout to see who it is."
There will be no wider reshuffle as Larry the cat remains on Downing Street whilst fellow feline Gladstone retains his post at the finance ministry. （Reuters）
trade：名詞，指交易、買賣、生意、行業、需要特殊技術和手工勞動的職業；形容詞，指行業的（刊物）；動詞，指交換、國與國間從事貿易、在證券交易所買賣、相互交談。例句：I wouldn’t trade you for the world.（除了你，我誰都不要。）
limelight：名詞，聚光燈、眾所矚目的中心。例句：He’s been in the limelight recently.（他近來受到公眾極大關注。）
sprint：名詞、動詞，指短跑、衝刺。例句：She suddenly broke into a sprint.（她突然飛奔起來。）