The fate of a 17-year-old street cat, who recently lost her luxurious lodge in the picturesque Old Town of Dubrovnik, divides it among the inhabitants of the Croatian coastal city.
Anastasia used to live in a small log cabin under the arches of the famous Rector Palace, which was built for her by animal lover Sardjan Kera in the semi-Gothic and half-Renaissance style of the famous palace.
Unlike many tourists, the management of the Museum of Cultural History, which is also located in the palace, was not very enthusiastic about the elegant accommodation of cats. She found the wooden hut detrimental to the “unique and historic cityscape” of the medieval UNESCO World Heritage Site and demanded its demolition.
“Why do we have to house them now?”
The decision sparked a storm of outrage on the Internet. In an online poll conducted by a local newspaper, 90 percent of about 4,500 respondents supported the right of the little stray to continue her professional life under the arches of the famous mansion.
Then Mayor Matto Frankovich (40) rushed to save the museum’s honor: he explained that Dubrovnik was getting along well with many feral cats, and none of them went hungry. “But why do we have to house them now?”
With all the excitement, Anastasia has been a celebrity ever since. She has her own Facebook page under “Kneginja Anastazija” (Princess Anastasia) and her own online petition calling for her residence to be rebuilt: 12,000 fans have signed up by Saturday. (AFP)
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