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Topic Reading-Vol.3171-12/16/2020

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A French man has left money to 50 cats who live in Russia’s Hermitage Museum

Hardly any visitor to Saint Petersburg misses the chance to visit this gorgeous museum. The State Hermitage Museum, which was founded by Empress Catherine the Great in 1764, attracts around five million visitors a year with its three million artifacts, paintings, and sculptures, only some of which are exhibited permanently. Indeed, the Hermitage is the world’s second-largest museum including the Winter Palace, a former residence of Russian emperors.

Interestingly, there have been guardians in the museum ever since Catherine the Great granted the status of the art galleries. They are cats. About 50 of them live underground of the museum and protect the precious and invaluable artworks from rodents. They receive food and cares from the museum staff. Also, they have donated money from philanthropists from time to time. Recently, a French person left some money for the Hermitage cats in his will. Though the amount of the donation wasn’t that substantial, such a philanthropic act beyond borders was quite appreciated by the museum.

Enjoy reading the article and learn about what cats can do to preserve valuable human assets.

https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/french-man-cats-will-intl-scli/index.html

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