Cat Named Marty Dies after Patrolling US Mountain Peaks for 12 Years
Marty the Maine coon cat was on mountain patrol for 12 years | Image credit: AP
A cat who patrolled the highest peak in the northeast U.S. for a dozen years as its weather observatory’s mascot has died.
Marty, a black Maine coon cat, succumbed to “an unforeseen illness,” Mount Washington Summit Operations Manager Rebecca Scholand said in a news release Monday.
“As a past observer who lived on the summit for four years, I can tell you Marty was a special companion, entertainer and so incredibly loved by observers and state park staff and will be sadly missed,” she wrote.
The Mount Washington Observatory staff have had a cat at the 6,288-foot (1,915-meter) summit, called the “home of the world’s worst weather,” since 1932. The observatory had recently shared the news that Marty would retire from the mountain early in 2021.
“The summit feline tradition will continue,” the news release said.
Marty, a shelter cat, won 53% of the Mount Washington Mascot Primary in January 2008, the same time that Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican John McCain won their respective races in New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary.
This is not the first time that the death of a celebrated cat made it to the headlines. In September, London, United Kingdom's famous Southwark Cathedral held a memorial service for s stray cat who died on-premises.
Over the years, the cat became a common sight at the church -- whether sprawling across the pews, sauntering across the altar during a service, or catnapping in the hay of the nativity scene at Christmas time.
Named Doorkins Magnificat, the cat had made the building her home for 12 years before passing away on September 30.
(With input from Associated Press)