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Paddles (cat)

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Paddles
🐈 🐕 🐎 SpeciesCat
🚻 SexFemale
📆 🐤 Born2016
💀 Died (aged 1)
Point Chevalier, Auckland, New Zealand
Years active2016–2017
Known forRescue cat kept by the Prime Minister of New Zealand
👨 OwnerJacinda Ardern
⭐ AppearanceGinger and white, polydactyl
Twitter page

Paddles (2016 – 7 November 2017) was a ginger and white polydactyl cat,[1] owned by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her partner. Paddles was a rescue cat, adopted by Ardern from a branch of the SPCA. She became a celebrity as the "First Cat" after Ardern took office, and a Twitter account was established in her name. Ardern said that she didn't know who created the account.[2] Paddles interrupted the congratulatory phone call from US President Donald Trump.[3]

Paddles was run over by a car and killed in the Auckland suburb of Point Chevalier on 7 November 2017.[4][5][6]

References[edit]

  1. "New Zealand's adorable 'First Cat' Is taking over Twitter with its opposable thumbs". PEOPLE.com. Archived from the original on 8 November 2017. Retrieved 9 November 2017.
  2. Chen, Heather (26 October 2017). "New Zealand's 'first cat' and other political pets". BBC News. Archived from the original on 9 November 2017. Retrieved 9 November 2017.
  3. "Paddles the New Zealand PM's famous cat dies in car crash". Sky News. Archived from the original on 9 November 2017. Retrieved 9 November 2017.
  4. Weaver, Hilary (24 October 2017). "New Zealand's hip, young Prime Minister comes complete with a tech-savvy cat". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 25 October 2017.
  5. Prendergast, Ella. "Tributes flow into SPCA after the death of Jacinda Ardern's cat Paddles". Newshub. Archived from the original on 8 November 2017. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  6. "Jacinda Ardern's cat Paddles has died after being hit by a car". New Zealand Herald. 7 November 2017. Retrieved 7 November 2017.

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