For all the “in communist Russia” jokes that ring a little too true (source: born and raised in Moldova), it’s nice to see some heartwarming news coming from the region. Today, the story of a cat who just got hired by a museum and will be paid entirely in caviar. How’d he get the job? Turns out it was a prank gone terribly, terribly right.
Maray the cat has been a frequent visitor at the Serpukhov’s Museum of History and Art for a long time. He’s so beloved by the staff (who let him just chill because you can’t stop cats from loving art) that they even named him in tribute to the former owner of the building, who Hyperallergic points out, loved cats. But giving the cat a name and a place to hang on cold days wasn’t enough. On April Fool’s Day, the staff actually created a fake job application for the cat and then, because it was so good, they sent it off to the media with a press release, no doubt hoping to garner some attention for the museum.
Well, whatever they did worked, and Maray suddenly found himself in the middle of a media frenzy in which people began petitioning for him to be hired as a formal employee. And while he may not be able to speak or lead tours, according to his application (translated by imgur user Pixieslasher) he has all the necessary qualifications.