The small town of St. Andrews, tucked along the cloudy eastern coast of Scotland, is in mourning following the passing of one of its most beloved figures - a 15-year-old cat, named Hamish.
Having abandoned the comforts of domestic life when he was just one year old, choosing a life of adventure and freedom, the ginger cat might technically be considered a stray. But among St. Andrews's nearly 17,000 residents, the freewheeling feline had come to be thought of as the town's collective pet, happily accepting pats from folks as he lounged about the town.
His original owner, Marianne Baird, still saw to it that the cat had regular visits to the vet. She had come to accept Hamish was not a typical housecat. Indeed, he was so much more than that.