Caretakers of Gli the Hagia Sophia cat have warned visitors of the museum-turned-mosque on his old age after overwhelming attention.
"Thanks a lot for all your attention, but as you know I'm 16 years old. That means almost 81 human years. I'm not as strong as I once was," read the caption of a picture shared on the cat's Instagram account.
"If you really love me, don't use flash and don't come too close when taking my pictures. Don't feed me, I need special foods to stay healthy. If you brought food for me, give it to my friends outside. Please wear a mask," it added.
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Sevgili Arkadaşlar, Hepinize merhaba ?? Gösterdiğiniz ilgi için teşekkür ederim ❤️ama ben 16 yaşında yaşlı bir kediyim .Yani bu insan yaşıyla 81 yaşına denk geliyor. Kalbim eskisi kadar kuvvetli değil. Beni gerçekten seviyor musun❤️? 1?FLAŞSIZ VE UZAKTAN FOTOĞRAF ÇEK ? 2?BANA DIŞARDAN MAMA GETİRME ?ÇÜNKÜ BENİM MAMAM ÖZEL DİYET MAMASI 3?BANA GETİRDİĞİN MAMALARI BENİM İÇİN HAYIR YAP SOKAK HAYVANLARINA BAĞIŞLA ✌? 4?MASKESİZ BANA YAKLAŞMA? 5? ÇOK SEV ÇOK SEVİL İmza Gli ???? Hepinize pati dolusu sevgiler????????????? ? @vdt.byrktr_ Fotoğraflar için teşekkürler Vedat ? Hello my dear friends ?? Thanks a lot for all your attention ❤️ but as you know, I am 16 years old. That means almost 81 human years. I am not as strong as once I was. If you really love me ❤️? 1 ? Don't use flash and don't come too close when taking my pictures ? 2 ? Don't feed me ? I need special foods to stay healthy 3 ? If you brought food for me, give it to my friends outside ✌? 4 ? Please wear a mask ? 5 ? Love and be loved Signed, Gli ???? Have a paw-some day! ?????????????
Hagia Sophia was opened for worship on July 24 after it was declared a mosque by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan earlier this month.
Worshippers were seen taking pictures of Gli with flashes and feeding him unhealthy food.
Islamists on Twitter also started to search for a new name for him, saying that it should be more Islamic rather than Gli.