‘A special companion’: Beloved Marty the Cat dies after 12 years of patrolling New Hampshire’s Mount Washington as its weather observatory’s mascot
- Marty, a black Maine coon cat, was a ‘special companion’ to observatory staff
- He succumbed to an unforeseen illness after patrolling the mountain for 12 years
- Mount Washington Observatory staff have had a cat at the summit since 1932
A beloved cat who patrolled New Hampshire‘s Mount Washington for 12 years as its weather observatory’s mascot has died.
Marty, a black Maine coon cat, helped staff at the mountain’s observatory and was a ‘special companion’ to them.
The popular cat succumbed to ‘an unforeseen illness,’ Mount Washington Summit Operations Manager Rebecca Scholand said in a statement on Monday.
‘As a past observer who lived on the summit for four years I can tell you Marty was a special companion, entertainer and so incredibly loved by observers and state park staff and will be sadly missed,’ she added.
Marty, a black Maine coon cat, has died after patrolling New Hampshire’s Mount Washington for 12 years
The popular cat succumbed to ‘an unforeseen illness,’ Mount Washington Summit Operations Manager Rebecca Scholand said on Monday
He was adopted from the North Conway Area Humane Society and moved to the Mount Washington Summit in January 2008
Marty was described by observatory staff as ‘a special companion’ and an ‘entertainer’
The beloved cat was supposed to retire in early 2021
In an emotional post on Instagram, the observatory staff said: ‘For many years Marty has provided the summit staff of the Mount Washington Observatory and State Park with companionship and love.
‘To Marty the Cat, thank you for all your silliness, snuggles, and companionship not only to the summit staff, but to everyone who ever met you.’
The Mount Washington Observatory staff have had a cat at the 6,288 foot summit, the highest peak in the northeast US, since 1932.
Mount Washington Observatory staff posted an emotional tribute to the beloved cat, thanking Marty for his silliness, snuggles and companionship
Marty the cat was supposed to retire from the mountain, known as the ‘home of the world’s worst weather’ early in 2021.
As a result, plans are already underway to find his successor. ‘The summit feline tradition will continue,’ the Mount Washington Observatory statement said.
He was adopted from the North Conway Area Humane Society and moved to the Mount Washington Summit in January 2008.
The observatory staff maintain a weather station on the summit and perform weather and climate research.
The weather station is staffed continuously and is operated by two alternating crews who live on the summit for a week at a time. It was during these long hours of taking weather observations that the staff had Marty as their companion.