After a PR “Fail”, This Museum Has Employed a Cat

In 2014, this little kitty began hanging around the Serpukhov Museum of History and Art in Serpukhov, Russia. He was taken in by Anna Maraeva, the ex-owner of the museum’s building, and named Maray after his new owner. Maray has been an unofficial greeter-cat of the museum since.

The museum staff came up with an April fool’s joke that missed the humour mark with the local media. They created a hand-written note of Maray’s “job application”, and sent that to the media in a press release explaining that they had accepted his application. Good one, right?

As I am a direct relative of (Anna) Maraeva, I ask you to give me a job in your museum. Maray the Cat.
As I am a direct relative of (Anna) Maraeva, I ask you to give me a job in your museum. Maray the Cat.
Oblivious to the fact that it was just a joke, the media began contacting the museum for more details. The staff did what any cat-lover would do in this situation– they decided to give Maray a job.

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Maray is now the official doorman of the Serpukhov Museum of History and Art

Maray the doorman works from 9 to 5 daily, with a break for lunch and a walk. At night, he has a cosy little tent for a good night’s cat stretch and sleep. “All people who work in our museum love Maray. Many bring him food from home and take pictures with him. So he gets a little fat now,” said Nina Strelkova, a colleague. “And visitors love the cat too — lots of them taking selfies with him.”

Next stop for cat-lovers — Russia.

Catnip for nomads

Photo credits: Main, 1, 2

Diandra Soliano

Our resident Wander Woman with a passion for languages, big cities and bronzer. When she's not listening to The Smiths a little too loudly at the office (after hours!), she can be found singing along to the soundtrack of Les Miserables with her two cats for an audience.

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