Near the end of his life, former British prime minister Winston Churchill lived with a small marmalade cat, given to him by one of his secretaries for his 88th birthday. The cat, named Jock, endeared himself to Churchill so successfully that he attended many key cabinet meetings and even took a place at the dinner table. Before Churchill died, in 1965, he requested that there always be a cat with white paws and white bib -- just like Jock -- residing at his home in Kent.
The UK National Trust, which took over Churchill's estate in 1966, has always honored the late leader's request, and now they're inaugurating a new housecat: Jock VI, a seven-month-old rescue kitten. The little cat was rescued by Croydon Animal Samaritans, a pet rescue near the estate, before being adopted by Katherine Barnett, the property's current house and collections manager.
"It's a modern-day rags-to-riches story," Ms Barnett told the BBC. "Jock VI has had a difficult start to his life but, as the saying goes, a cat will always land on its feet ... He's a very caring, loving cat and I think our visitors will get lots of enjoyment from seeing him around the property for many years to come."