Cat gets job at Russian museum after April Fools' Day joke fails

Cat gets job at Russian museum after April Fools' Day joke fails
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A cat has been officially employed in a museum in Russia - and no, it's not a joke!

The newest employee at the Serpukhov Museum of History and Art was hired after an April Fools' Day prank was taken for real.

According to British newspaper Metro, Maray was an unofficial greeter at the museum for the past year.

Staff from the museum decided to candidly write a job application for the ginger feline, all in the name of fun. The staff, who were "thrilled with the trick", then sent it off to local news stations, Daily Express reported.

The application for the job read: "As I am a direct relative of Maraeva, I ask you to give me a job in your museum. Maray The Cat."

Maraeva was the previous owner of the museum and Maray was named after him. Metro reported that the cheeky application even had a pawprint as a sign-off.

What was initially a joke then turned out to be real when the museum decided to hire Maray after journalists were probing and calling with questions.

According to Metro, Maray is now its official doorman which greets visitors. The cat's day at work is the same as a regular working adult, which begins at 9am and ends at 5pm.

The museum's staff have also designated a special spot for Maray to do its business and a tent for it to sleep in at night.

And its salary? Well, caviar and fish are Maray's reward, according to Daily Express.

stephluo@sph.com.sg

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