News just in that George Osborne’s cat, Freya, was hit by a car outside Downing Street last night, and is currently at the vet’s.

Freya is famous for her love of hunting rodents. Indeed, she was promoted above Larry, the Camerons’ cat, as Downing Street’s ‘chief mouser‘ because Larry preferred lounging around (his master calls it ‘chillaxing’) to hunting. But Freya’s passion has made her wander off-piste in pursuit of prey. Earlier this year she made headlines when she was found patrolling the streets of Vauxhall. And when the Osbornes were living in Notting Hill, Freya went missing for almost three years before being discovered residing a few streets away.

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Freya sounds like a cat with her fair share of lives. Let’s hope that today – being World Cat Day – St Gertrude, the patron saint of cats, is on hand to help Freya pull through.

UPDATE: Freya is in luck! It seems like St Gertrude was indeed looking down on her. She is currently on her way home from the vets, and her injuries ‘are not serious’.

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