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"Marty" Wins Mount Washington Election

Over 8,000 votes were cast in the Observatory's "Mascot Primary"

MOUNT WASHINGTON, NH - Even voters in the election to select Mount Washington Observatory's new mascot opted for change.

Marty, a fun-loving feline with silky black fur, took top honors in Tuesday's first-ever Mount Washington Mascot Primary. The newly elected 2-year-old looks distinctively different from Nin, the white and black, short-haired former stray that proudly served as the Observatory's mascot for over 12 years. The honorable Nin retired from his post atop the northeast's tallest peak on December 26.

Tuesday’s first-in-the-nation contest allowed visitors to the Observatory's website to choose between three kitty candidates, all of which were carefully selected by the staff of the Conway Area Humane Society. In all, over 8,000 votes were cast in this historic election.

The story of Nin's retirement drew over 40,000 visitors to the Observatory's website on December 27, illustrating tremendous public interest in the famous extreme-weather cat. On Tuesday, the Observatory's website logged slightly more visits, nearly 41,000, making it the second biggest day in the website's history.

"We had so much fun with this," said Scot Henley, executive director of the Mount Washington Observatory. "The promotion drew attention to what we do here at the Observatory, and also to the very important work of the Conway Area Humane Society and many other shelters like it."

Virginia Moore, interim executive director of the Conway Area Humane Society agreed. "The Mascot Primary put our organization and the animals we care for in the limelight and we're absolutely thrilled by the incredible voter response."

“Meow, meow, meow, purr, purr, purr,” an exuberant Marty told supporters, before switching to English in his victory speech. “With every furry fiber in my body, I want to thank the voters for this thrilling victory. I cannot wait for all the cuddling, playing, and visitor-greeting at the peak.”

So while Marty prepares for a life atop the mountain, what becomes of Wilson and Sarah?

"Keep in mind that these two minor celebrities are still in need of loving homes after this is all said and done," said Henley.

For information about Wilson, Sarah and all the other amazing animals of the Conway Area Humane Society, visit www.conwayshelter.org.

Mount Washington Observatory is a private, non-profit, member-supported organization with a mission to advance understanding of the natural systems that create the Earth's weather and climate. Since 1932, the Observatory has been monitoring the elements in one of the most extreme locations on Earth, using this unique site for scientific research and educational outreach. For more information and to learn about the many benefits of membership, visit MountWashington.org.

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