Uni students open a book of condolence after the death of their cat president

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    Uni students open a book of condolence after the death of their cat president
    Susu has lived through 15 freshers weeks #lad (Picture: Solent News & Photo Agency)

    Students at the University of Southampton are in mourning after the death of a stray cat that they took in and made their president.

    Susu (named after the initials of Southampton University Student’s Union) became an unofficial campus masot after being first let into the building in 2002.

    The cat had lived there ever since, sleeping in the union, and even having a food bowl there.

    When the cat was attacked in 2009, Southampton students raised £400 to pay her vet bills.

    They loved the cat so much that they even made her honorary president at their AGM, in recognition of her contributions to the uni, with the motion passed by 176 votes to 86.

    Uni students open a book of condolence after the death of their cat president
    Southampton University students looked after Susu until the day she died (Picture: Solent News & Photo Agency)

    Susu would comfort students before exams, letting them pet her to relieve their nerves.

    She even featured as the university mascot on University Challenge.

    The friendly feline passed away of old age on Wednesday (11 October) and the student union president Flora Noble announced the death on the union’s website.

    She said: ‘Susu the cat brought love and cuddles to the lives of Southampton students for fifteen years.

    ‘She will be sorely missed by staff and students alike; she was a true figurehead of the Union, and will always remain in our hearts.’

    Uni students open a book of condolence after the death of their cat president
    If this doesn’t scream, ‘Give me a belly rub’, I dont know what does (Picture: Solent News & Photo Agency)

    A book of condolence will open on the concourse in building 42 on Monday, should you be a former student who wishes to pay their respects.

    Rest in peace, little one.

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