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Aquarium is closed to public – but not to kittens

DOWNTOWN WEST – What’s happier than a wet cat? Three fluffy, dry adoptable kittens visiting the creatures at the St. Louis Aquarium.

On Monday the aquarium, at Union Station, posted a video of the trio – named Axiom, Verity and Case – having the time of their collective 27 lives at the new facility, otherwise vacant of visitors during the coronavirus pandemic.

The kittens rustle through admission tickets, scamper down a hallway and stare at fish who seem to be staring back at them. They visit the aquarium’s resident otters, Sawyer, Thatcher and Finn; and get a little human attention from a scuba-geared worker inside one of the tanks. Little fishies dart away from curious paws while fish bigger than the felines keep a watchful eye on the action.

Once the aquarium is able to reopen, it will have to return to being cat-free; but all three kittens, as well as their mother, are looking for forever homes where they can continue to entertain.

“Big tanks to Stray Rescue of St. Louis for bringing Axiom, Verity and Case to the Aquarium for a day of frolicking!” the St. Louis Aquarium posted Monday. “All kitties – and Mama Kitty – are available for adoption at”

The shelter is at 2320 Pine St.  If these kittens have already found their homes, plenty more cats and dogs are available. The shelter’s website lists only a fraction of the many rescued animals looking for love, so the staff encourage potential adopters to email or call for more information. The shelter specializes in matchmaking to help connect people with the best new pet for them.

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