A cathedral cat has become a viral sensation after cheekily interrupting a recording of prayers of the morning.
Oblivious to the sincere performances are taking place, Leo was caught on camera wandering into view before disappearing under the Dean of Canterbury’s robes.
Somehow maintaining a straight face, the Very Revd Dr Robert Willis managed to avoid a feline fiasco and continued with his sermon.
But the material has proven to be a success online, racking up nearly 100,000 views between Twitter and Facebook after it has been loaded over the weekend.
It has become one of Canterbury Cathedral’s most popular social media posts ever.
But while Leo is “without a doubt the comedian” of the Deanery of four cats, however, takes his role as ambassador “very seriously,” a cathedral spokesman said.
They told the PA news agency: “He has been enjoying making our day-to-day emissions from the month of March and, although he would be happy to be in each one, we have tried to include others to avoid becoming jealous.
“With more than 20,000 visitors to the Dean’s office and to their gardens each year and more than 1.5 million euros to the cathedral – he is used to being at the fair and, having been born in the Deanery, and growing up here, he is very used to the company, and is very friendly and happy little cat (if not the most brilliant of the four).
“He loves to socialize with the cathedral many pilgrims and visitors and takes his role as ambassador very seriously.
“In calmer times he finds a cozy place in the house or a sunny spot in the gardens of the dream.”
Even without Leo’s impromptu appearances, the Kent cathedral on-line services have proven to be extremely popular during the security lock to provide the convenience and comfort in difficult times.
The Dean daily prayers regularly higher than 2.000 points of view of each one, while the cathedral Easter Day the Eucharist – which included recordings by the Prince of Wales and the Archbishop of Canterbury – was viewed more than 11,000 times.