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PINNER PETS: A game of cat-and-mouse in 1958

 Published on: 16th October 2019   |   By: Jake Levison   |   Category: Uncategorized

Every so often, we like to go back in time and look at the rich history of our areas through footage courtesy of newsreel archive, British Pathé.

This month, we go back to 1958, when a young Pinner boy made the news for training a cat and mice to play together.

Pinner may not historically be known for its gentle treatment of animals – contrarily, with its old annual ‘donkey derbies’ and Rota the lion being caged in a garden in the 40’s, it’s arguably notorious for the opposite – but in 1958, it was a placid Pinner cat that caught the eye of national broadcasters.

A young village boy, Theodore Bucher, had incredibly taught his pet cat and mice to play and eat together in harmony. 

The British Pathé newsreel footage shows the Bucher family cat, named Debbie, sharing its food with a group of mice and even petting them.

To see the endearing footage, go to and search ‘Pinner cat and mice’.

Picture courtesy of British Pathé

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