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Marty The Cat Dies After 12 Years Of Patrolling Mount Washington Summit

NORTH CONWAY, N.H. (CBS/AP) — A cat who patrolled the highest peak in the northeast U.S. for a dozen years as its weather observatory's mascot has died. Marty, a black Maine coon cat, succumbed to "an unforeseen illness," Mount Washington Summit Operations Manager Rebecca Scholand said in a news release Monday.

"As a past observer who lived on the summit for four years, I can tell you Marty was a special companion, entertainer and so incredibly loved by observers and state park staff and will be sadly missed," she wrote.

The Mount Washington Observatory staff have had a cat at the 6,288-foot summit, called the "home of the world's worst weather," since 1932. The observatory had recently shared the news that Marty would retire from the mountain early in 2021.

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Marty the cat atop Mount Washington (Photo credit: Mount Washington Observatory)

"The summit feline tradition will continue," the news release said.

Hundreds of tributes to Marty flooded social media.

It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of Marty the Cat. For many years he has provided summit staff with...

Posted by Mount Washington Observatory on Monday, November 9, 2020

"I'll always associate him with the top of Mt Washington," one Facebook commenter wrote.

Another said Marty was "the highlight of our last visit up."

Marty, a shelter cat, won 53% of the Mount Washington Mascot Primary in January 2008, the same time that Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican John McCain won their respective races in New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation presidential primary.

(© Copyright 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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