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At a temple, in Bangkok, Thailand, one cat decided to test a monk's patience when it crawled onto his lap during a five-hour-long prayer. The saffron-robed monk gently tried to push the cat away, but the cat had already chosen him. 

The cat kneaded the monks shoulder and blocked his view to his scripture book. Eventually, he gave in and decided to pet the cat. 

"I was trying to read the book. But I was more focused on the cat," said the 25-year-monk, who uses the monastic name Luang Pi Komkrit Taechachoto. 

Nophayong Sookphan, who took the video, said the cat jumped up on stage and onto the monks lap 15 minutes to midnight, and wouldn't leave until after the countdown to New Year's Day.

The video originally posted on public Facebook group called "Cats' Slaves" but was soon reposted and shared on various sites. It has since gained roughly around 300,000 views.

Story via The New York Times


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Japan Has A Cat Shrine Complete With A Cat Monk And Cat Assistants

Need we say more? Welcome to Nyan Nyan Ji (which directly translates to Meow Meow Shrine)! 

Nyan Nyan Ji is located in Kyoto, and visitors are in for a pawsitive surprise because they'll be greeted by Koyuki, the cat monk! 

If you ever find yourself in Kyoto, Japan, this place is a must! 

You can follow Koyuki on Instagram, and adorable shrine on Facebook.

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So I've been doing this with my newfound monk-friend for a while now, and I think I'm pretty much certain of something: This guy has to have been a tiger in a past life. He just... he understands me, you know? And he always cooks his rice JUST the way I like it. Humans can be difficult, it's true, but I'm quite enamored with this one. I'm pretty sure I'm gonna let him play with my cubs someday, if I ever have any.