Peat, the “official mouser” at Glenturret Distillery in Scotland, was found at the side of a road exactly three months ago. The cat was just 6 months old – and getting its sea legs with The Famous Grouse team – when he was apparently hit by a car on Sept. 8.
Despite attempts to save the kitten, Peat died the arms of distillery manager, Neil Cameron.
“The Glenturret Distillery team are heartbroken,”Lesley Williamson, business development manager of the Famous Grouse Experience, said in a statement. “Peat had charmed his way into everyone’s hearts … He was inquisitive, fearless and a social cat and we will all miss him terribly.”
Peat, of course, was supposed to follow in the tracks of Towser, who resided there from 1963 until 1987 and in the course of it became the world’s most famous distillery cat. Towser, holds the Guinness World Record for best mouser having caught 28,899 mice in her 24 years at the distillery. That’s an average of about three mice per day.
A bronze statue at Glenturret commemorates Towser’s achievement.
A Twitter account that belonged to Peat is now managed in Towser’s name. We’ll let you know when there’s a new addition to the line.