An Unexpected Wilderness Cam At Britain’s 10 Downing Street

By Bill Chappell NPR

Things are getting wild at the British prime minister’s residence. No, that’s not a reference to the official start of the 2015 election campaign: Photographers who staked out 10 Downing Street today captured images of a fox slinking past the door of the famous residence.

And that’s not the only animal that appeared at Prime Minister David Cameron’s door today. His cat, Larry, popped out for some fresh air — and shared an awkward moment with a police dog.

The media had converged on Cameron’s residence after Parliament was dissolved, setting a date of May 7 for national elections that are widely viewed as both unpredictable and possibly defining Britain’s future in the European Union.

“Prime Minister David Cameron promises that if his Conservative party remains in power, he will let voters choose whether the U.K. should stay in the European Union,” NPR’s Ari Shapiro reports from London. “Polls show a near tie between Conservatives and Labour, though neither party is expected to win an outright majority.”

When Cameron finally emerged from 10 Downing Street today to speak to the media, the BBC reports that he said he “wants to complete the job of ‘turning the country around.’ ”

Cameron and his rivals will face off in a debate on live TV this Thursday. The U.K.’s election campaign will last 38 days.

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