Nin, the black-and-white house cat who for a dozen years patrolled the Northeast's highest peak as the Mount Washington Observatory's mascot, was officially retiring Wednesday and moved off the mountain to a valley home…
…Nin, a former stray, has been popular among visitors to the summit. His photo and a short profile are included on the staff section of the observatory's Web site.
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Apparently there is quite a long tradition of cats at the observatory on Mount Washington, the tallest peak in the northeastern US. I did visit the peak as a kid over twenty years ago, but don't recall encountering any cats. Indeed, the main pre-occupation was the nasty weather and high winds, I remember being nearly blown over by one gust. Cats are generally more nimble than humans, but it must take a certain amount of skill and judgment to Mount Washington's official cat.