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Meet the 'diplocats': Political pets in office

Published 1626 GMT (0026 HKT) July 29, 2016
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Say hello to Gladstone, the latest "diplocat" to join Britain's government offices. From Twitter/@BatterseaDogs&Cats
Gladstone's new job will be "chief mouser" at the UK Treasury. From Twitter/@PalmerstonFOCat
He will join Larry, official mouse catcher at Downing Street, the home of the British Prime Minister. Ki Price/WPA-Pool/Getty Images
The red carpet is rolled out for heads of state, dignitaries, and... Larry. LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images
Larry gets into the Royal Wedding spirit with a "Union Jack" bow tie in April 2011. James Glossop/WPA Pool/Getty Images
Gladstone will need to get to grips with his new neighbors. Here, Larry (left) squares off against Palmerston, the Foreign Office cat. Rob Pinney/London News Pictures/ZUMA PRESS
Much like Gladstone, Palmerston was also a stray cat recruited from the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home in south London. Stefan Rousseau/Press Association/ PA Wire
Before there was Larry, there was Sybil -- the pet of former chancellor Alistair Darling. Sybil was brought to Downing Street in 2007, the first cat to live in the famous residence for a decade. Clara Molden/AFP/Getty Images
In the U.S., Socks, the Clinton family's cat, entertained journalists during this press conference in 1994. JENNIFER YOUNG/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Former President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton, along with Socks, spent time with children during a Christmas gathering at the White House in 1996.
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Clinton chats with former New York Governor Governor Mario Cuomo, while daughter Chelsea Clinton cuddles Socks at the White House in 1993. ROBERT GIROUX/AFP/Getty Images
Socks is surrounded by photographers in 1992 -- will Gladstone also be able to handle the spotlight? MIKE NELSON/AFP/Getty Images