The tomcat was “hired” to chase away mice in the stables of the new police horses in the Military Academy Wiener Neustadt – but apparently, Austria’s one and only police cat resigned.

Where is Mister Black? The tomcat was supposed to chase away mice at the Military Academy in Wiener Neustadt. Now, he has disappeared, as Austria’s daily Kurier reported on January 29. Mister Black was selected in an animal shelter and ”assigned” to Vienna’s mounted police, with one mission: protecting the 14 police horses and 21 riding policemen from rodents.

Yet, apparently serving as a beastly guardian in Austria’s police has not been a dream come true for the tomcat, which disappeared briefly after the commencement of its duties. The Ministry of the Interior still hopes to find Mister Black somewhere on the extensive premises of the academy, yet it is unlikely to launch large-scale cathunt operation. Perhaps, working as a special agent for is just not that glorious if you serve under Austria’s minister of the interior Herbert Kickl, not the queen…

Speaking of, Austria is not the only country to employ cats. Here is a little something from Wikipedia on “The Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office” in Great Britain.

Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

“The Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office is the title of the official resident cat of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom at 10 Downing Street. Only four cats, Humphrey, Sybil, Larry and Freya, have been given the title officially; other cats were given this title affectionately, usually by the British press. There has been a resident Treasury or Downing Street cat employed as a mouser and pet since the reign of Henry VIII, when Cardinal Wolsey, who assumed office in 1515, placed his cat by his side while acting in his judicial capacity as Lord Chancellor.”

 

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Born 1993, Julia C. Seidl did her first internship at the Austrian news paper "Die Presse" when she was 17. After living in the US for half a year, she went on to study "Journalism & Media Management" in Vienna and continued working as a freelancer for several local news outlets such as ORF, Kurier and Falter. Seidl was employed at the weekly "Die Ganze Woche" before joining the Metropole team as an editor in 2018. She mainly writes about social issues and specializes in doing portraits and interviews. Seidl is the company's Online Content Manager and also responsible for the social media accounts of the magazine.