The cat Kesha died on Svalbard – an attraction of the island and the only representative of its kind here. Fluffy was 14 years old.
“He left old age in the arms of a loving family,” the KP.RU website quotes a message from the Federal State Unitary Enterprise “Arktikugol”.
The first cats on Svalbard appeared in the 1920s, they were brought by settlers who founded a mining village on the site of what is now Barentsburg. For decades, cats have helped humans fight rats, but over time they switched to birds, which found it difficult to escape from tailed predators due to the lack of trees. The gluttony of cats threatened the extinction of some populations, as a result, in the 90s, the Norwegian government banned keeping cats on Svalbard. Also, cats were recognized as dangerous carriers of infections that threaten foxes, arctic foxes and polar hares, and, consequently, humans.
In the 2000s, Russian shift workers secretly transported the ginger kitten Kesha to the island and during the census of inhabitants and animals recorded him as a polar fox. The cat became incredibly popular among the locals, tourists lined up to pet the animal and take pictures.
Kesha grew up a stern protector of people: he helped scare off polar predators, fearlessly entered into fights, which caused scars to cover his entire face. But nature generously endowed the cat not only with courage, but also with intelligence, so Kesha stayed away from polar bears.
The cat remained affectionate with people and enjoyed the good disposition of the local population with pleasure. The media wrote that Kesha could always count on dinner in this or that house. Seeing the sincere friendship between the inhabitants of the island and the cat, the local authorities preferred to turn a blind eye to the presence of an illegal on Spitsbergen.
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