Paddles, First Cat of New Zealand and social media star, dies after being hit by car

Prime minister Jacinda Ardern writes of her sadness after her pet was killed shortly after moving into the PM’s home in Auckland

The first ever “First Cat of New Zealand” has died after being hit by a car near the prime minister’s home in Auckland.

When Jacinda Ardern became New Zealand’s new prime minister last month she also brought with her a polydactyl cat, named Paddles.

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Hi, I’m Paddles and I am the First Cat of New Zealand. I have opposable thumbs, I’m purrty special. pic.twitter.com/MPkxdhWCRu

Just spoke w Paddles’ Dad, @NZClarke. If you would like to remember Paddles you are most welcome and encouraged to donate to the NZ SPCA.

My mom, Dad and I are very sorry to hear about @FirstCatofNZ. We will all say a prayer tonight.

@GovGeneralNZ surely a state funeral for the spiritual leader of the nation and first cat, Paddles ❤️

Me on hearing the news Paddles, the First Cat of NZ and spiritual leader of our nation, has passed away pic.twitter.com/5kCXxpYD15

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Source: theguardian
Paddles, First Cat of New Zealand and social media star, dies after being hit by car