Cats in Manger: Feral Family Takes up Residence in Brooklyn Nativity

Tuesday, 10 Dec 2013 06:45 PM

By Morgan Chilson

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A group of feral cats has decided a Brooklyn manger scene is the purr-fect spot to take up residence, much to the amusement of onlookers.

Two sisters, Annette and Sue Amendola, have been putting out a beautiful manger scene for 10 years, including all the traditional figures, says DNA Info. Mary and Joseph kneel by a hay bale and angels grace the entrance to the crèche, pictures show.

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But some of the animals in this Christmas scene honoring Jesus are real — and they aren’t the traditional animals one expects from the Biblical story. The feral cat colony has taken over the scene.

“People love it ... they really get a laugh out of the cats,” Sue Amendola told DNA Info.

When the sisters put Baby Jesus in the manager on Dec. 25, the cats typically push him out of the manger and curl up on the hay themselves, DNA Info said.

While neighbors are enjoying the live aspect of this Red Hook neighborhood nativity, other scenes honoring the spirit of Christmas nationwide aren’t doing so well this year. CBS affiliate KDKA in Pittsburgh reported that two baby Jesus figures were stolen from nativity scenes there.

And a nativity scene at Shaw Air Force Base was taken down after a religious freedom group complained, according to Fox News.

On the good news side, though, comes a report from the Star Tribune that an entire nativity scene stolen from a St. Joseph, Minn., church was returned. The figurines included Mary, Joseph, a shepherd and animals.

“They all came back,” a reverend told the Tribune. “I have a feeling it was prank by some young kids and they realized: ‘Uh oh, we could really be in some trouble.’”

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