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Russia Turns to Cats In Palmyra Restoration Effort

A specially lerned organization of cats from St. Petersburg’s Hermitage museum will assistance in restoring Palmyra, The Moscow Times can reveal.

Devastated by nearly a year’s value of fighting between Islamic State (a militant organization criminialized in Russia) and regime forces, the ancient city was re-taken on Sunday 27 March.

Russia’s heading informative organisations pronounced they would step adult to assist the restoration effort. But few commentators approaching such an unusual intervention.

Mikhail Piotrovsky, executive of the Hermitage museum, told The Moscow Times that deploying the cats was partial of the museum’s grant to world heritage.

“We know that cats can do extraordinary things given the right training — they can smell out landmines and use their whiskers to remove topsoil,” Piotrovsky told The Moscow Times in a phone talk Thursday. “More importantly, the cats know art and they know how essential it is to treat treasures like Palmyra gently.”

Hermitage cats have been vital in the museum basements for decades, and were used essentially to catch mice that competence poise risk for stored paintings. A source tighten to Russia’s Defense Ministry told The Moscow Times that the Hermitage cats competence now be sent to eliminate notice mice the Islamic State have reportedly deployed to Palmyra.

Speaking on the condition of anonymity, the source pronounced that troops planners know the Islamists have combined their possess special rodent corps — MISIS (also criminialized in Russia).

“Everyone suspicion [vice primary apportion Dmitry] Rogozin was joking about the U.S. promulgation mice to spy on Russian troops developments, though in fact he wasn’t distant off the truth. MISIS are espionage on us, and we’re going to deal with it, interjection to Mr. Piotrovsky’s generosity,” the source said.

Another source informed with the situation pronounced the cats underwent tip training in a Russian monastery.

Article source: http://www.themoscowtimes.com/article/564211.html