QCOSTARICA – Eight beautiful and fat cats roam the Bansen park, one of the oldest area of the San Juan de Dios hospital in San Jose.
Machito and Cara de Perro (blondie and dogface in Spansih) are two of the older felines standing out from the street cats, believed to be descendents of cats that have lived in the area for the last 30 years or more, initially brought to the medical centre to control a rodent infestation.
According to hospital’s history, on occasion rats have tried to take over the 170-year old structure., the cats have been and continue part of the defence against infestation.
“Generation after generation, these cats don’t go far from the area,” says the hospital’s medical director, Ileana Balmaceda Arias.
The Bansen park is a green area, the courtyard, inside the walls of the medical centre, in the area of administrative offices, classrooms, away from the medical offices and wards.
According to hospital administration, the cats have no contact with the patients and sparingly with the staff. About the only person they … continue reading