An inglorious end for Peat the Cat

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It was a short run in the spotlight for Peat the cat, the star of NPR reporter Ari Shapiro’s piece on All Things Considered last night about cats as “mousers” in distilleries.

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On its Facebook page, the UK distillery reports that Peat is dead.

It is with great sadness that today we must announce that Peat, Glenturret’s beloved distillery cat, has passed away at just 6 months old.

On the afternoon of Monday 8th September, Peat was found injured at the side of the road by a member of the Distillery team. Despite immediate veterinary care, there was nothing more that could be done to save him and he peacefully passed away in the arms of our Distillery Manager, Neil Cameron.

Peat was set to follow in the paws of one of the world’s most famous Distillery cats, Towser, taking up the much coveted role of Official Mouser at The Famous Grouse Experience at Glenturret Distillery in June.

The fluffy little member of the team had been delighting visitors over the summer months, while making a name for himself in the international media and gathering a following of more than 800 people on the social network Twitter.

Lesley Williamson, Business Development Manager of The Famous Grouse Experience, commented:
“The Glenturret Distillery team are heartbroken. Peat had charmed his way into everyone’s hearts and his final day, which was also his first day of freedom in the world, highlighted how much fun he brought to the team. His first act was to get stuck up a tree and, once we’d rescued him from that situation, he then decided to make friends with a golden retriever which made for an interesting few moments! He was inquisitive, fearless and a social cat and we will all miss him terribly.”

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