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Ariel Sophia Bardi

The Swimming Cats of Van

The Van cat is native to the Armenian highlands surrounding Lake Van. They are famous for their legendary predilection for swimming. Legend has it a pair even sailed on Noah’s Ark. But the story of the Van cat is really a story of shifting borders, mirroring the contested lands they call home. Are they Turkish? Or Armenian? Or even Kurdish?
…Or maybe cats, unlike people, don’t give a damn about national ties.

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