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This Museum's Prank Went Wrong And Now They've Employed A Cat

His name is Maray and he is paid in fish and cutlets.

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He was eventually taken in by staff and named after Anna Maraeva, the cat-loving ex-owner of the museum's building. For the last couple of years he's acted as an unofficial greeter, welcoming visitors into the museum.

Last month, the staff at the museum thought it'd be funny to use Maray as a joke for April Fools' day. They wrote his job application letter and sent a press release to local media saying they had accepted his application.

Application. As I am a direct relative of [Anna] Maraeva, I ask you to give me a job in your museum. Maray the Cat.


So staff decided to make the appointment real, and declared him their official doorman. According to museum employee Nina Strelkova, Maray works from 9 to 5 each day with a break for lunch and a springtime walk. He even has a tent to sleep in at night.

"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," she said. "And visitors love the cat too — lots of them taking selfies with him."

Rachael Krishna is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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