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Sir Indiana Bones, Cat Hero and Employee of the Month at Skeleton Museum

Posted in Cat Stories - On: September 6, 2023 - Author:  Jan Travell
Posted in Cat Stories 
Last Updated: November 21, 2023  
Author:  Jan Travell

Since being adopted from a local animal shelter, Sir Indiana Bones, fondly known as Indy, has embarked on an extraordinary journey.

He has become the cherished guardian of a realm most mysterious: a skeleton museum! 

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This sleek, ebony-furred kitty now roams the corridors of the Museum of Osteology in Oklahoma, USA, ensuring the safety of skeletal artifacts from all corners of the globe.

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Nicknamed by his online following, Indy was once seeking what most shelter cats dream of, a forever home. 

But life had its own elaborate plans for him.

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At the same time, his future human colleagues were on a quest of their own: to find an office pet that would complement their unique work environment.

The three intrepid museum staff members (Brenna, Kristin, and Ally) were clear that a dog romping around a museum of bones might present, well, some conflicts of interest!

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Venturing to their local shelter with the initial intention of adopting a kitten, their eyes were drawn to a reserved but majestic adult black cat.

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Learning that black cats often face the hardship of slower adoption rates and are at times mistreated, the team’s collective heart melted.

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A decision was made. Indy wasn't just coming to the office; he was coming into their lives, including weekend stays at their homes.

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Assigned the dignified role of a custodian, or as it was soon officially coined, the "Kitty of Skulls," Sir Indiana Bones has become an irreplaceable presence in America’s only skeleton museum.

With more than 450 authentic skeletons under his watch, Indy does more than merely occupy space.

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He is an explorer on a five-day-a-week adventure, sauntering through labyrinthine displays, sniffing ancient bones, and discovering cozy nooks for his much-deserved naps.

Some skeletal remains offer particularly comfortable spots to rest his whiskers, apparently judged for their ergonomic compatibility to feline anatomy.

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Each morning begins with a ritual: Indy greets his human coworkers at the entrance, seemingly inspecting their IDs with his piercing gaze.

During the day, he is quite adept at commandeering any vacant office chairs, a practice his colleagues find amusing rather than annoying.

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Shy at heart, he greets daily museum visitors with a reserved charm and prefers to dine on his tuna feasts in solitude, perhaps contemplating the extensive responsibilities his title carries.

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But sometimes he loves the attention and willingly plays up his behavior if he senses it could earn him some belly rubs. 

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Recently, and quite reluctantly, Sir Indiana Bones proved that his job title was more than just ceremonial.

When he caught his first mouse, likely an unwelcome museum visitor, he was unanimously hailed as Employee of the Month, a title he accepted with silent dignity.

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Visitors to the museum love interacting with Indy.

And he often receives fan mail and fan art from his adoring followers.

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Initially brought in to uplift the office atmosphere, he has transitioned into a beloved mascot, spreading joy to all who encounter him.

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Indy's presence has not just secured the museum’s artifacts; it has also boosted the team’s morale.

Indeed, as he nestles into yet another skeletal cradle for a nap, Sir Indiana Bones drifts into slumber, knowing that he is not just a rescued cat, but a hero in his own right - a true guardian of history's skeletal treasures.

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You can see him at work in the video below:

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About the author

Jan Travell is a lifelong cat owner and a feline expert. She's been the Cats and Kittens lead editor from the start. She lives in rural France with her two rescue cats, Tigerlily and Mr.Gee. Her senior kitty, Ducati, passed over the rainbow bridge recently at the ripe old age of 22.

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