A 3-legged cat adopted by a Cambridge College library is getting used to assist relieve college students’ stress throughout the examination season.
Jasper, a five-year-old ginger tom, belongs to the deputy librarian on the Marshall Library of Economics.
He turned successful with college students after his proprietor took him to work, and a current “tea with Jasper” occasion attracted 140 moggy-lovers.
Related occasions are deliberate as Jasper is now the library’s “official mascot”.
Jasper misplaced his left hind leg in a automobile accident and was deserted by his homeowners. He was adopted by deputy librarian Simon Frost from a rescue centre.
Whereas the cat is well-behaved on college premises, spending his time looking the cabinets and sleeping on copies of the Monetary Occasions, Jasper is extra adventurous on his house turf.
“He is bouncy like Tigger, as a result of he has three legs, and he is a bit unstable when he strikes slowly – so he goes in all places at pace,” Mr Frost mentioned.
Jasper additionally likes to climb bushes, “however he cannot get down”, he added.
Librarian Clare Trowell mentioned: “College students coming to go to and pet Jasper advised us simply how a lot he’d calmed them down, and helped relieve any stress.
“Lots of them had been lacking their very own cats or different pets.”
Jasper now has his personal hashtag – #economicscat – and ceaselessly makes bulletins in regards to the library on social media.
There may be additionally a college “cat club” on Fb, the place college students who’re lacking their pets can share pictures of them with different cat lovers.