Jock VI: Latest orange cat lands at Winston Churchill's estate
This is an undated photo issued by the National Trust, via PA, on Monday, March 10, 2014 of Jock VI, the new kitten who has taken up residence at Sir Winston Churchill's former country home. (AP / Iain Carter / National Trust / PA)
The Associated Press
Published Monday, March 10, 2014 1:17PM EDT
Last Updated Monday, March 10, 2014 2:21PM EDT
LONDON -- There is a new kitten at the Winston Churchill estate.
The orange-colored cat is there to comply with the late British leader's request that there always be a cat of that colour living at Chartwell, his country home.
Churchill also indicated that the cat should have white chest fur, white paws, and be named Jock.
The unusual request stems from the affection Churchill felt for a kitten given to him on his 88th birthday by Jock Colville, one of his secretaries.
The new kitten was formally known as Malley but has been renamed Jock VI. He was a stray cat taken into the care of an animal welfare group before it was adopted by Chartwell officials.
He is described as a "caring, loving" cat.
The Churchill home and gardens, which are popular with tourists, are located in the Kent countryside roughly 40 kilometres south of London.