Towser - The best ever mouser
By on Jun 23, 2009 | In Cat of the month
Cat of the Month ~ June 2009
The Glenturret Distillery, near Crieff in Perthshire, Scotland, is the oldest working Scotch-whisky distillery in England and the home of the world-renowned 'Famous Grouse' whisky. Barley stored in a distillery ready for whisky making is a big attraction for mice, and so for many years Glenturret has kept a cat on the premises. And the name of that cat was Towser.
From 1963 the position of resident mouser was held for almost 24 years by the amazing Towser, a long-haired tortoiseshell female, who had a remarkable mouse-catching career which put her into the Guinness Book of Records as the world's best mouser. Her tally of mice was estimated at four a day for 21 years totalling 28,899 mice in all. The Guinness World Records Book proclaimed her “World Mousing Champion” while 'Animal Planet' lists her among their Top Nine Cats with the headline “Most Ruthless Killer” (“her bloodlust finally satiated, Towser died in 1987?).
Towser died in 1987, and her life and exploits are fondly commemorated by a (now) well worn bronze statue at the 'Famous Grouse Experience' visitor centre on the Glenturret site. Her paw prints are also used to decorate the label on the bottle of the Fairlie's light Highland Liqueur, another of the distillery's products.
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