Mount Washington Mascot Dies

Nin charmed visitors, staff for 12 years
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jul 24, 2009 2:10 PM CDT
This 2005 photo provided by the Mount Washington Observatory shows the housecat Nin atop Mount Washington, N.H.   (AP Photo/Mount Washington Observatory)

(Newser) – Mount Washington’s mascot of 12 years died last week at 19 or possibly 20, the Boston Globe reports. Nin the cat “brought a little piece of home” to the New Hampshire mountain’s observatory, says its executive director. He wasn’t much bothered by the site’s vicious weather, occupying himself by following researchers and meeting tourists. Nin retired in 2007, moving to a lower altitude.

For his children’s book Cat in the Clouds, former weather observer Eric Pinder was looking “to give a cat’s eye view to what it’s like to live and work at the observatory,” he says. “Nin just had a lot of personality. He just seemed like the perfect choice.’’