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G20 Cats Are Ray of Sunshine in Otherwise Gloomy World Summit

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By    |   Wednesday, 18 Nov 2015 01:57 PM

Cats infiltrated the G-20 Summit in Turkey on Sunday, bringing levity to an otherwise serious international meeting between world leaders.

"The curious felines ran across the stage, sniffed at flowers on display and then scampered off," The Guardian U.K. reported.

The cute cats entered ahead of President Barack Obama, Russia's President Vladimir Putin, and others, who would come to discuss strategies to stop Islamic terrorism in the wake of Friday's deadly attacks in Paris.

Many reported that the cats were strays, but others soon quipped that, "They're not strays. They're the leaders of Kittistan and Catlandia," NPR reported.

While the world leaders were gathered in Antalya, The Wall Street Journal in August reported on Turkey's love of cats.

In an article headlined "Why Istanbul Should Be Called Catstantinople," The Journal reported that feral cats are generally pampered by Turkish people who feed and care for them, and are as much a fixture of Istanbul as the Bosporus.

"Cats have a special place in Islam: Muslim lore tells of a cat thwarting a poisonous snake that had approached the Prophet Muhammad. One teaching tells that he found a cat sleeping on his shawl and opted to cut the fabric rather than disturb the animal. A popular saying goes: 'If you’ve killed a cat, you need to build a mosque to be forgiven by God,'" the newspaper reported.

"The feline fetish is also functional: In the 19th century, cats were bred in large numbers for pest control to kill a rat population thriving in the city’s expanding sewage system. Before that, they helped Istanbul avoid the worst of a bubonic plague epidemic spread by rats."

On Instagram, an account called "CatsOfIstanbul" has become very popular, and documents cats across the city.

 

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