Worshipped as gods by the Ancient Egyptians, protected by law and mummified after their death. No, this is not about pharaohs. It’s about our furry companions. While there were many other feline goddesses in ancient Egypt, Bast was the only one represented as a domestic cat. She had many roles, including being the goddess of protection. No wonder that one of her “manifestations” – Rolf – has been patiently and persistently patrolling Warwick’s campus, protecting our community and making sure that everything is in perfect feline order. After his accident in early February, he fully recovered and Warwick decided to welcome our superstar back, as he truly deserves.
An English author and the Winnie the Pooh’s creator Alan Alexander Milne said: “Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That’s the problem.” So, what it is that we could learn from them if we observed and listened more carefully? And how one curious cat – our campus buddy Rolf – captured the heart of entire Warwick’s community and brought so much joy in an often stressful academic environment?…By Blanka Matkovic