If you ever visit the British embassy in Jordan, you should not be surprised if any of its diplomatic staff isn’t what you are used to - human.

A former rescue cat is settling into a new position as chief mouser in the embassy.

The cat is Lawrence of Abdoun, the first diplo-cat to be appointed by the British Embassy in Jordan.

"Lawrence of Abdoun" is a fluffy black-and-white tom who, according to his Twitter feed, reports directly to the Foreign Office’s Palmerston, a cat that delights his 57,000 followers with regular updates from the ministry in Whitehall via @DiploMog.

Lawrence, named after T.E. Lawrence, a British military officer who fought alongside Arabs against the Ottoman Empire during the First World War, has already gained 2,500 followers since being adopted from an animal shelter last month.

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Abdoun is the neighborhood of Amaan where the embassy is located.

"Apart from his mousing duties, he reaches out to followers on Twitter. What’s quite interesting is that the British public are seeing the U.K embassy in Jordan in a different light,” said Deputy Ambassador Laura Dauban.

"Through Lawrence's Twitter account we're trying to show a different side to Jordan, what it is really like, a peaceful, prosperous country that British tourists should come and visit,” Dauban added.

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