Palmerston and Larry, Chief Mousers to the Foreign Office and Number 10 respectively, have been captured in a tense stand-off, after a brief time of peace between the warring cats.
After vicious brawls which left the two cats battered, it appeared Government staff had taken steps to keep them apart, after advice from Battersea Dogs and Cats home.
However, the two cats have been let out at the same time seemingly more frequently in the past week – leading to tension between the mousers.
Palmerston, in the mornings, immediately stalks to Number 10, keeping a watchful eye out for his foe Larry.
Larry, on the other hand, hides behind the railings most days.
Stand of continues in Downing St this morning, Larry stays behind the railings by the Door of No10 Palmerston opp pic.twitter.com/0ZIpPjlInE
However, on Tuesday, political photographer Steve Back snapped Larry climbing out from the railings, away from the protective gaze of the Number 10 security officer, and out onto the pavement.
The two cats then had a stand-off, with Palmerston clearly seen in an aggressive stance.
Tensions appear to be rising between the two, who have in the past been captured yowling in aggressive poses before each other.
Here is the exclusive video…… pic.twitter.com/YusArW8kkH
After this, the two cats began brawling.
Mr Back captured their worst fight, and said at the time: “It was utterly appalling, the fighting has been going on for weeks and weeks. This morning I was there covering normal political events and suddenly Palmerston appeared from the foreign office.
“Suddenly these two were at each other hammer and tongs. First they were hissing at each other and we didn’t think they were going to fight, so we walked off.
“The next thing we heard there was this terrible screaming. we turned around and they were fighting outside number 11 literally ripping fur off each other. Palmerston’s ear is in a terrible mess and Larry has lost his collar.”
Battersea Dogs and Cats home advised the cats should be kept apart.
They said after the fight, in which Larry lost his collar: Our Feline Welfare Specialist at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home has been in contact with the teams in Westminster to advise them regarding Larry and Palmerston’s behaviour.
It’s not uncommon for felines to get catty with each other which is a normal part of predation, play and social conflict.
“Like the 3,000 cats that Battersea rehomes every year, both Larry and Palmerston have been neutered which reduces the risk of them attracting attention from other cats though it may be advisable that Larry and Palmerston have temporary restrictions on their outside access to reduce the risk of them meeting in their early days; there is plenty of space for more than one cat on the block in Westminster!”
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