With hundreds of Instagram followers and even a former U.S. president as a fan, Gli the cat is sort of as well-known as her home, Istanbul’s historic Hagia Sophia.
But with the choice to flip the museum again right into a mosque, Turks have been questioning whether or not Gli can have to transfer out – with the query cropping up every day on native information retailers and social media.
The grey cat with shining inexperienced, crossed eyes, has develop into a favourite with guests, together with former U.S. President Barack Obama, who was filmed stroking her throughout a visit in 2009.
Authorities have made clear Hagia Sophia can stay as her home.
Ibrahim Kalin, Turkey’s presidential spokesperson, advised Reuters that Gli, in addition to all different cats in the space, would keep the place they had been.
“That cat has develop into very well-known, and there are others who have not develop into that well-known but. That cat will be there, and all cats are welcome to our mosques,” he stated.
The governor of Istanbul Ali Yerlikaya additionally shared a Twitter publish for the cat, saying that it’s “fairly comfy with its life,” together with a video of Gli. “Don’t you are concerned,” Yerlikaya stated in his tweet, guaranteeing folks over the circumstances of the cat.
That’s sure to be excellent news for Umut Bahçeci, a tour information who began an Instagram account for Gli 4 years in the past and now has greater than 48,000 followers. The account is full of photographs of the cat, some tagged by the vacationers who meet her.
“I began noticing Gli each time I went (to Hagia Sophia) as a result of Gli was posing for folks like a mannequin,” he advised Reuters. “I get messages resembling, ‘Gli, we are going to come to Istanbul to see you.’ This is really a really good feeling,” he stated.