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‘Rodent control officer’: Netizens react after Australia hospital hires cat for security

"Furline Health Worker Elwood has completed his induction at #Epworth! The Erin Street local is often spotted lifting the spirits of patients and staff. Purrfect!," read the caption of the post

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: September 10, 2020 1:33:03 pm
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While dogs are mostly given the job to guard homes and keep an eye on intruders, a hospital in Australia left netizens quite amused when they decided to hire a cat as its security guard.

Several pictures and videos of the cat named Elwood roaming around the premises of the Epworth Hospital in Richmond have gone viral on social media after they were shared by the official Instagram handle of the hospital.

“Furline Health Worker Elwood has completed his induction at #Epworth! The Erin Street local is often spotted lifting the spirits of patients and staff. Purrfect!,” read the caption of the post, which was shared along with a picture of the cat. In addition to being hired, the cat also got an identity card similar to that of the hospital staff.

“He is lovely and friendly, but not overly affectionate. He enjoys a good pat, but likes to keep things short and move around a fair bit. He is on the security team, after all, has to make sure everyone coming and going gets checked,” his human colleague Chantel Trollip told Bored Panda.

According to local Herald Sun, the cat lives across the hospital and often visited the area, becoming popular among the staff and visitors. Elwood’s owner 15-year-old Alex William said, he is not a stray like many believed, in fact has a “twin brother Jake”. According to the teenager, Elwood has been visiting the hospital near their home for three years “seeking company while family was out at work or at school”.

Since being shared online, the post has been flooded with comments from netizens. While some were amused, others gave their own designation to the feline and called him RCO — Rodent control officer.

Earlier this month Hyundai Brazil won hearts online as one of their showrooms hired a stray dog and posted images of the ‘pawfessional consultant’ on their Instagram account announcing it will be part of a national ad campaign.

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