Observatory Cat Retires

Nin, the staff cat at the Mount Washington (N.H.) Observatory, will move off the mountain this week.

Posted: December 27 2007 2 a.m. EDT

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Courtesy of Mount Washington Observatory
Nin will retire as the Mount Washington Observatory staff cat.
For nearly a dozen years, Nin has worked as “staff cat” with the meteorologists and scientists at the Mount Washington Observatory in New Hampshire. This week, the senior cat, whose age is pegged at 17 or 18 years old, will move off the mountain as a result of his slowly declining health, The Associated Press reports.

“We wanted to do the most humane thing for him,” Scot Henley, the weather observatory’s executive director, said. Nin recently lost the last of his teeth to an infection, and his failing health led staff to find him a new home off the mountain. His new home with two rangers from Mount Washington State Park is near a veterinarian’s office.

Nin joined the staff at the observatory more than a decade ago, after being found as a stray in Vermont. His profile on the observatory’s website claims that Nin likes it on the summit. “I get pampered and coddled, and have to do very little in return,” the profile states.

A cat has lived at the observatory for more than 70 years, and a new cat will join the observatory staff soon, Henley said. “We’ll probably have a new cat sometime in late January,” he said.

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Ellen    Attleboro, MA

12/28/2007 12:50:11 AM

Nin, I hope you enjoy retirement. I know cats like to stay put, so I hope he makes out OK~

sandra    corydon, IN

12/27/2007 10:02:12 PM

That was great would like to read more stories like this

Ross    Claremont, CA

12/27/2007 9:41:14 PM

Since cat's seem to get stressed by sudden life changes, I'm a little concerned that retirement might be a shock, and difficult to adapt to. If cats were more social that might be an emotional cushion. This cat might do well in a place where a set group of people come and go, but at lower altitude.

Lisa    Hanover, PA

12/27/2007 5:08:07 PM

Wow!! Thats really something!!

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