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One of the Dean of Canterbury’s cats has stolen the limelight once again by interrupting a prayer service to drink from a jug of milk.

Dr Robert Willis had been leading a service for Canterbury Cathedral via video link when Tiger jumped onto the chair beside him, before further climbing onto the table. The cat then began dipping its paws into a jug of milk on a tray and licking them as the reverend spoke.

Spotting what the animal was doing, Dr Willis apologised to those watching at home, telling them: ‘We have acquired a friend this morning.’

He then gave Tiger a stroke before continuing with the service and eventually the cat tired of the milk and left the table the same way he had arrived.

Dean of Canterbury's cat causing more chaos during virtual sermon

The Dean of Canterbury’s cats have become popular with worshippers (Picture: Canterbury Cathedral)

Dean of Canterbury's cat causing more chaos during virtual sermon

Dr Robert Willis apologised and told viewers: ‘We have acquired a friend this morning’ (Picture: Canterbury Cathedral)

Tiger is one of four cats at the Deanery. Dr Willis was previously interrupted by Leo, who made an appearance during a video sermon in May by unceremoniously walking into the frame and disappearing under his robes.

The Dean somehow managed to keep a straight face during the incident, which later became a hit online after a clip was shared by the Canterbury Cathedral Twitter account.

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The Canterbury Cathedral team captioned the video: ‘Leo the cat has been getting up to mischief again! Did you spot this moment in Morning Prayer last week? #Caturday.’

Canterbury Cathedral has continued conducting prayer services online since lockdown began in March.

The cathedral is now in the process of completing a ‘phased reopening’, in which worshippers will need to follow one-way routes and use socially distanced seating and hand sanitiser stations.

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