The serial killer cat. A Tortoiseshell called Towser is the champion mouser of all time. Owned by the Glenturret Distillery in Tayside, she is estimated to have killed a total of 28,899 rodents in her lifetime. Tortoiseshell cats are more often – but not exclusively – female and the males are possessed of unusual and interesting powers: apparently, rubbing the tail of a male tortoiseshell cat will cure your warts, but only in May.

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