Friday, 14 November 2008

Saved: Hemingway's Six-Toed Cats


FAMOUS author Ernest Hemingway was given a six-toed cat called Snowball in 1935 and that cat now has 50 or so descendants who live at the late author’s home.
Hemingway lived on a Florida Keys island which is now a museum and popular tourist destination. The cats - who all carry the gene for six toes although not all show the trait - had the run of the island, which is why a legal battle arose.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture had threatened to fine the museum $200 per day per cat, saying it didn’t have the proper animal exhibition licence and couldn’t qualify for one, primarily because the animals weren’t enclosed.
Now, however, the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum have reached an agreement with the federal government to build a fence, keeping the cats to the one-acre grounds of the Spanish colonial house
The museum spent more than $250,000 on the fence and legal bills.
The home is where the Nobel prize-winning author wrote For Whom the Bell Tolls and To Have and Have Not and is one of the most popular visitor attractions in the Florida Keys.

2 comments:

Cat and Hemingway Fan said...

So glad the cats are being allowed to stay there. They are a part of the US literary heritage.

Catgirl said...

Thats great news. never heard about 6 toed cats before.