The U.S. embassy staff in Kabul is facing a new threat from the likes of Gordo, Freckles, Dusty, Ferdinand, Maria Teresa and about 25 of their mates. The cats, possibly feral, have inflicted bites and scratches on staff, The Washington Post
Fear of rabies raised the specter of the death penalty until the cat committee appeared. “We basically can’t go out at all. We can’t walk across the street; we have to take a tunnel. There are no kids, no families, and basically what we have is the cats,” one member of the committee told the Post. “It’s as close as we come to normality.”
Diplomats, being diplomats, spent weeks and days mulling solutions, holding meetings and examining consequences. Getting rid of the cats might lead to a spike in the rat and snake population, it was argued.
A sign appeared in the embassy bar, the Duck and Cover, with a warning accompanied by an image of two AK-47 toting cats saying, “We will break out our fellow comrades from your compound.” Another appeared in USAID offices that showed a cat in a Guevaraesque beret: “Viva la revolucion,” signed El Gato, the Post reported.
Regardless, new rules have barred staffers from keeping pets and the cat sightings have declined. Embassy officials deny any cats have been killed and efforts are underway to ship some to shelters in Berkeley, Calif., the Post reported.
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