Cat chief appointed

Shepparton News - - NEWS -

It was an un­usual job ad­vert. Wanted: Cat chief. Lo­ca­tion: Ze­lenogradsk, Rus­sia: Du­ties: Tend­ing to the town’s about 70 stray cats. Some 80 ap­pli­cants ap­plied for the new role with the mu­nic­i­pal­ity in the small town in the Kalin­ingrad re­gion, which has also erected a cat statue and added a fe­line to its em­blem in a bid to re­brand it­self as Rus­sia’s fore­most cat-loving com­mu­nity. In the end, lo­cal res­i­dent Svet­lana Lo­gunova was appointed guardian of the town’s fe­lines. To help her with the task, she was given a bi­cy­cle and uni­form, in­clud­ing a bright green jacket, black bow tie and hat. She has been given a bud­get of 5700 rou­bles ($120) a month to en­sure all the sea­side com­mu­nity’s cats are happy, dish­ing out food, strokes and free rides in the bas­ket on her bike. ‘‘I alone can­not care for ev­ery sin­gle one and a help­ing hand would go a long way,’’ Lo­gunova said.

Pic­ture EPA

Cute: A cat in front of a Soyuz rocket in­stalled as a mon­u­ment in Baikonur, Kaza­khstan.

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