Nin, a cat estimated to be 17-years-old, has been the mascot of the Mount Washington Observatory for the past fourteen years.
Nin, once a stray cat, has patrolled this 6,288-foot mountain amidst wind storms, bad weather, and a fire. He has been a welcome friend to meteorologists and scientists.
After his years of service, he is finally retiring because of old age and a recent infection which has claimed the rest of his teeth.
Earlier this week, the black and white cat was carried off the mountain for the last time.
“He’s 17 or 18 years old, so he’s getting up there. We wanted to do the most humane thing for him,” said Scot Henley, executive director of the nonprofit weather observatory.
Nin would get attention from all of the crowds of tourists and would hope to get a treat or a bit of food from them. He liked to play with catnip and curl up on the laps of staff members.
One meteorologist said, “He loves people, mostly because he loves food.”
Now that Nin has retired, he will move into the home of Diane Holmes and Mike Pelchat, two rangers at Mount Washington State Park.
The Conway Area Humane Society is evaluating a new mascot for the Mount Washington Observatory to take over by the end of January. The new mascot should be friendly, not easily frightened by bad weather, and will know to come in out of a storm.
Happy retirement, Nin.