After spending his days scrounging for food in a feral colony on Long Island, this one-year-old tabby named Hamlet is about to become the newest mascot at the funky and historic Algonquin Hotel, where Dorothy Parker held her famed round tables.
“He’s a real rags-to-riches story,” hotel marketing manager Nicholas Sciammarella said.
The New York Post reports that Hamlet is the 12th Algonquin cat and its first male mascot in more than 40 years. He is replacing current beloved kitty Matilda III, a regal long-haired ragdoll, who is retiring after seven years of service. For the past few weeks, Hamlet’s been hiding upstairs, away from the public, but he’ll make his debut on Thursday evening at the hotel’s annual Cat Fashion Show, which raises money for the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals.
Go get 'em, tiger!