The newest edition to Britain's diplomatic staff doesn't have much experience with the subtle nuances of foreign affairs, but he can chase down a rat with the best of them.
The British Foreign Office has officially appointed Palmerston, a 2-year-old, short haired cat as Chief Mouser to help keep their offices free from the rodents of unusual size that are plaguing Britain this year.
The black and white cat started life as a stray on the streets of London before being swooped up by the rescue organization Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. When volunteers found the cat, he was hungry, underweight and had no microchip to help find his owners.
Later he was recruited to become Chief Mouser and given the official duty of keeping the government grounds free from mice, rats, and other pests, according to the Daily Mail.
"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."
He will be based in Sir Simon McDonald's office, the most senior official at the British Foreign Office. Palmerston the cat was named after former foreign secretary and Prime Minister Viscount Palmerston who died in 1865 at the age of 80 while still in office, supposedly after having relations with a chamber maid on a pool table, reports NDTV.
"He's a very confident cat, loves being with people, and enjoys a good chin rub. If his behavior at Battersea is anything to go by, we predict Palmerston will be a formidable feline, very deserving of his new name."