Cat stationmaster Tama dies

Cat stationmaster Tama dies
A woman strokes "Tama", a nine-year-old female tortoiseshell cat wearing a stationmaster's cap of the Wakayama Electric Railway, as the feline sits on a ticket gate at Kishi station on the Kishigawa line in the city of Kinokawa, in Wakayama prefecture on May 22, 2008. Photo:AFP

Tama, the popular calico cat stationmaster at Kishi Station in Kinokawa, Wakayama Prefecture, died on Monday. She was 16, which would be considered around 80 in human years.

Wakayama Electric Railway Co. announced on Wednesday that it will give Tama the title of "honorary permanent stationmaster." It will hold a funeral service for her at the station on the Kishigawa Line from 12:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Tama, who assumed the post in 2007, had been hospitalised after she fell sick due to nasal inflammation last month.

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