Hermitage cat Achilles will become the Oracle of the Cup of confederations

© RIA Novosti / Nina Sociability in fotoankaufe to the confederations Cup. Archival photoHermitage cat Achilles will become the Oracle of the Cup of confederations© RIA Novosti news Agency / Nina Sociability the image Bank

Cat Achilles, «working» at the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, will become the Oracle of the Cup of confederations on football and will predict the winners of the match, told RIA Novosti the veterinarian of the Hermitage cats Anna Kondratyeva.

The idea of choosing the cat was developed by a Committee on tourism development of St. Petersburg together with the Hermitage. The preliminary selection of cat was conducted by specialists of the Museum. Among all the cats living in Hermitage, choose the most stress and work-oriented animal.

As reported by Kondratieff, cat Achilles will be presented on Thursday at a press conference dedicated to the opening of the press center to the confederations Cup.

«I’ll bring the cat, whose name is Achilles. Him a year and a half, he is white with blue eyes. This is a very beautiful cat. We had three candidates, and we chose Achilles. He is young, quite energetic, who loves to play ball, this cat-athlete. Despite the fact that the cat does not hear, it does not prevent to live, it is very well oriented in space. Tomorrow we will present», — she told.

According to her, my first prediction Achilles will do on Friday. «Before him will be a bowl of treats, the bowls will be check boxes. What bowl it will fit and where you will taste the delicacy, the country we will be considered the winner. Every time at noon it will make their predictions. This will happen in the Hermitage» — said Kondratiev.

The confederations Cup will be held from 17 June to 2 July 2017 in Moscow, St.-Petersburg, Sochi and Kazan.

Hermitage cats can trace their history from the beginning of the EIGHTEENTH century, when Peter the great settled in the Winter Palace brought a cat from Holland. Later, the Empress Elizabeth issued a «Decree of expulsion to the court of cats.» Catherine the Great — the founder of the Hermitage gave the cats the guardians of the picture galleries. The tradition of keeping cats in art galleries for protection from rodents was broken only once: in the siege of Leningrad. After the great Patriotic war, the animals went to the tens and the Museum was organized a special service for the care of unusual «staff.» Currently in the Museum basement has about 50 cats and dogs.

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