New Zealand's Prime Moggy, Paddles the six-toed cat, meets an untimely end

From Reuters - November 7, 2017

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Paddles, the New Zealand prime ministers ginger cat, may have had six toes and a wide social media following but she has run out of lives.

Jacinda Ardern, the charismatic new leader of New Zealand, announced the death of the Prime Moggy on Wednesday after Paddles was hit by a car the previous evening, prompting an outpouring of grief on social media.

Paddles rise to social media fame matched her 37-year-old owners meteoric ascent to the prime ministership after only taking over as leader of her Labour Party in August.

A First Cat of NZ Twitter account was set up by an anonymous user last month, featuring regular tweets about the photogenic cats famous mummy, Ardern, and quickly attracted 11,000 followers.

People from around the world posted messages such as rest in peace and gone too soon with the hashtag #paddles.

Paddles the polydactyl cats feats included being able to hold a pair of glasses with her opposable thumb and she featured regularly in photos of Ardern at work.


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