Friday 30 September 2016

Paws to remember the Alamo

Published 19/06/2015 | 06:41

Bella roams the grounds of the historic fortress (AP)
Bella roams the grounds of the historic fortress (AP)

The Alamo has a new official cat - a calico puss named Miss Isabella Francisca Veramendi de Valero. But visitors can call her Bella.

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Rodent hunter Bella's appointment was announced by the Texas General Land Office, which oversees the state-owned landmark in San Antonio, a former Roman Catholic mission and fortress compound and the site of the Battle of the Alamo in 1836.

The previous Alamo cat, CC - Mistress Clara Carmack - died last summer.

Bella was found roaming the grounds of the Presidio la Bahia in Goliad and an employee brought her to the Alamo.

She now wears a tag that says "I Belong At The Alamo" and has been seen on a cannon, playing near a computer keyboard and frolicking with workers.

Staffers care for and pay her expenses and Bella spends her nights in an Alamo office.

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