Since the 1930s, when the Mount Washington Observatory was created, there has always been a cat to help control the mice population. The current observatory cat, named Marty, has been there since 2008 when he won the Mount Washington Mascot Primary.

Mike Carmon, co-director of summit operations, meteorologist and education specialist, said that the best observatory cat was “…One that doesn’t mind being inside for most of the year. Because of the nature of the weather on Mount Washington’s summit, it’s difficult for any living being to go outside for a large majority of the year.

“Winter for us lasts from October to April, so 90 percent of this time is indoors.”

To read more about the cats designated as the official observatory animal, click here.