Photo of the day: Sadie, the Transit Museum cat, retires

After five years of controlling the institution's rodent population, Sadie has left her post.

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Sadie, the New York Transit Museum cat, snoozes in her new home.

Sadie, the New York Transit Museum cat, snoozes in her new home. Photograph: Courtesy the New York Transit Museum

One of the things we love most about New York City is how shops, cultural institutions and other venues often adopt animal mascots, who hang out on the premises and maybe do a little mouse-catching. (Two words: bodega cats.)


Today, word came that one of the city's most prominent animal mascots, Sadie—a fluffy gray-and-white kitty who has lived at the New York Transit Museum for five years—has retired. The museum doesn't know if a new mouser will be brought in just yet; according to its press representative, "we are going to monitor our rodent situation and see what happens." While we'll miss Sadie's presence in the museum's old-timey subway cars, we can't blame her for adopting the supremely easy life of a house cat, which seems to mostly entail sleeping on things and getting belly rubs.



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