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Distillery shows off new mousing team

The Famous Grouse Experience at Glenturret Distillery has unveiled a major new visitor attraction: two kittens who have been employed as the site’s “Official Mousers”.

The Famous Grouse Experience’s two new cats, Glen and Turret, pictured by the statue of legendary mouser Towser. Photo credit: Fraser Band

Called Glen and Turret, the male kittens are the latest in a long line of distillery cats, filling the void left by previous feline incumbent Peat, who died in an accident last year.

Only a week into their residency, the pair have already been making their presence felt, exploring the distillery and meeting some of the 100,000 annual visitors to this venue, which underwent a major refurbishment last year.

Stuart Cassells, general manager of The Famous Grouse Experience at Glenturret Distillery, introducing the new members of the team, saying: “Glen is, at eight weeks old, very timid and quietly inquisitive while Turret, on the other paw, is a tabby on a mission! He’s a month older than Glen and into absolutely everything from climbing, including your leg, to playing with whatever or whoever he can find.”

The duo have an impressive mousing record to live up to: the distillery features a statue of Towser, who caught 28,899 mice in her 24-year tenure at Glenturret between 1963 and 1987.

It’s not only distilleries where cats play a vital role in pest control. Click here for our previous round-up of winery cats, although they appear to be outnumbered by winery dogs.


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