Fur flies at number ten: Larry the Downing Street cat sees rival FOX in scrap metal behind Prime Minister’s house
- Larry, the Downing Street cat, was photographed chasing a territorial rival
- In the photos, the main mouser faces a fix behind the cabinet officer
- After intense staring, Larry successfully chases the fox out of the green space
An unwanted visitor was chased from Downing Street after Larry the cat sawed off a fox behind number 10.
A series of images revealed the tense encounter between Downing Street resident Larry and the fox, who is believed to be a regular on the street as well.
The fox wanders through shrubs and plants in a garden behind Downing Street, unaware that he is being watched.
On top of a wooden bench, Downing Street’s main mouser saw the intruder walk into his territory.
It’s not until the fox approaches the bank that Larry makes his move, taking pictures of the cat staring at the fox before chasing it out of the yard.
February marked 10 years since Larry moved to Downing Street to help with mice.
Last month, it was revealed that Larry had been piling on the pounds during lockdown, with a memo to Downing Street staff to cut down on the treats he was served.
Don’t worry, a fox, believed to be a regular visitor to Downing Street, carves a casual figure as it wanders among the plants behind the Cabinet Office earlier in the day
Who’s going there? The fox leaves in shock as he approaches a wooden bench in the yard and Larry sees the Downing Street cat for the first time.
What are you staring at? An intense gaze begins as Larry gazes from the safety of the couch at the invading fox, while the fox, with its mouth hanging open, appears focused only on the main mouser from Downing Street.
Almost as if challenging Larry, the fox appears to be screaming and takes a slightly lower stance than before, while Larry continues to stare down from above.
Realizing that Larry is not willing to blink at first, the fox appears to be moving backwards, its mouth now closing and its head leaning back as if preparing to make a quick exit
Realizing that he has the upper hand, Larry finally makes his move and begins to slide forward on the couch as the fox retreats further and further.
Without looking back, the fox runs out of the yard after the cabinet officer and flees to Downing Street after being challenged by Larry.
Sitting proudly in the aftermath of his victory, Larry takes a moment to observe Downing Street after chasing the fox