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Published:April 7th, 2013 11:39 EST
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The Hermitage Museum In Russia Honors Its Cat Guards: Video

By Robert Paul Reyes

"Russia`s most popular art museum is hosting an exhibit in honor of the 60 cats it employs to protect paintings against mice and rats.

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The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg has employed the cats dating back to its founding in 1764, when Catherine the Great created the institution. She even gave the felines a formal rank and stipend."

UPI

It`s a well-known fact that security guards protect priceless works of art in museums from robbers, vandals and burglars.

But it`s a little-known fact that the prestigious Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia employs an army of cats to protect paintings against mice and rats.

It`s usually canines that we associate with law enforcement and security, who hasn`t seen a police dog sniffing for drugs or a junkyard dog protecting car parts?

The pampered felines live in the basement of the museum and they earn their keep by killing mice and rats.

The Hermitage Museum is hosting an exhibit in honor of its adorable and hardworking cats. The exhibit is comprised of paintings by Alexandre Steinlen, an artist renowned for his love of cats.

I`d rather go down to the basement of the museum and play with the cats than look at the paintings.

 

Read more: http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2013/04/06/Russian-museum-honors-cat-guards/UPI-15671365282660/#ixzz2PmsrEE00

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