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Discussions about Other Imperial Palaces => Palaces in St. Petersburg => Topic started by: ferrymansdaughter on October 05, 2007, 07:34:11 AM

Title: Hermitage Cats
Post by: ferrymansdaughter on October 05, 2007, 07:34:11 AM
Anyone else seen this?



http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/7029370.stm


Title: Re: Hermitage Cats
Post by: dmitri on October 05, 2007, 08:25:32 AM
Well before the poison baits were laid they would have been essential. If you visit the Hermitage you realise how enormous the whole complex is.
Title: Re: Hermitage Cats
Post by: Svetabel on October 05, 2007, 12:50:40 PM
Actually the Hermitage cats are one of the tourist attraction I'd say. They are numerous, lovely and funny and feel itselves as the landlords there  :)
Title: Re: Hermitage Cats
Post by: Helen_Azar on October 05, 2007, 01:32:45 PM
I read about the Hermitage cats before, although I never saw them there. I think it's really great that they have them living there!
Title: Re: Hermitage Cats
Post by: Robert_Hall on October 05, 2007, 01:35:07 PM
Can you blame them?
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v289/Markhall/Nico2005141.jpg)
 Although this was at the Alexander Palace.
Title: Re: Hermitage Cats
Post by: Svetabel on October 05, 2007, 01:59:28 PM
Well, at least 50 cats are living at the Hermitage now,and every year in March the Hermitage organizes The Cat's Day with exhibitions of pictures ( cats of course in them) painted by children...
Twice a month the Hermitage museum workers can subscribe some money for cats food and medical treatment.

I remember my last meeting with one of those tailed guards :) in the yard of the Winter palace (the Hermitage) -  a tabby cat full of its importance - a gorgeous sight!!! :)
Title: Re: Hermitage Cats
Post by: Helen_Azar on October 05, 2007, 02:11:23 PM
Well, at least 50 cats are living at the Hermitage now,and every year in March the Hermitage organizes The Cat's Day with exhibitions of pictures ( cats of course in them) painted by children...
Twice a month the Hermitage museum workers can subscribe some money for cats food and medical treatment.


That is fabulous! :-)
Title: Re: Hermitage Cats
Post by: Annie on October 05, 2007, 04:39:20 PM
That's a great story! What happened to them during WWII and is there any chance some of these might be from the same original line? It's wonderful they let them stay. I don't think any place like that in America would be so nice. Good for them!

Robert, did that cat live in the AP?
Title: Re: Hermitage Cats
Post by: Robert_Hall on October 05, 2007, 04:55:14 PM
Yes, Annie, she was one a littler that was born there some months before.
 I imagine the fate of the cats in Leningrad was pretty much the same as human inhabitants during that seige.  There was no food and no heat.....
Title: Re: Hermitage Cats
Post by: Annie on October 05, 2007, 05:02:18 PM
Yes, Annie, she was one a littler that was born there some months before.

That's great, so they have a cat family too? Could it be descended from the Romanov cats?

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I imagine the fate of the cats in Leningrad was pretty much the same as human inhabitants during that seige.  There was no food and no heat.....

 :'( How sad after surviving so much. One more of the many bad things Hitler is responsible for. >:(

I'm glad the cats have a comfy home now.