Bats are among the world’s most successful mammals. Found on six continents, they do at night what birds do in daytime. But other than a bit of Halloween lip service, they go largely unnoticed, and are appreciated mostly for being scary and carrying disease.
After three years of negotiations with city officials over hygiene issues, Austria opened its first cat cafe last Friday.
‘Cafe Neko’, “Neko” meaning cat in Japanese, was opened by Vienna resident Takako Ishimitsu, 47, from Japan.
Customers can stroke and interact with their five feline hosts, named Sonja, Thomas, Moritz, Luca and Momo, who all came from an animal shelter and now freely roam about the cafe and take naps. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger