Tombi, a sweet orange cat, has no idea where he came from, but there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that he has found his home.
Tombi first emerged on the grounds of an elementary school last month in the Turkish city of Izmir. Tombi was pleasant and outgoing, in contrast to the majority of stray cats, which may be fairly timid. She approached children outside in search of attention and affection.
Tombi, though, didn’t stop there.
After a couple of weeks of hanging out exclusively in the school’s garden, Tombi apparently decided to try his paws at a formal education. For a street-smart cat, the third grade seemed likе a good place to start.
“He came into our classroom,” teacher Özlem Pınar Ivaşcu told The Dodo. “The children likеd him very much.”
And just likе that, Tombi became part of Mrs. Ivaşcu’s class.
Having a cat prowling around the classroom might seem likе it would be wholly a distraction for young students, potentially hindering their learning — but Ivaşcu found that Tombi was having the opposite effect.
Seeing the cat’s playful curiosity had caused her kids to become more excited to be in class.
In between sessions, Ivaşcu’s pupils would run and horse around the room. They can concentrate better now that there is a cat there to entertain them. Because of Tombi, even the morning bell has a nicer sound to it.