Jacinda Ardern, prime minister, writes of her sadness after her pet was killed soon after moving into the PMs 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.
The cat had opposable thumbs and quickly became a social media presence.
Its @ FirstCatofNZ Twitter account was started just days after Ardern was declared the prime minister-elect on 19 October. The cat’s Twitter bio read:” Have thumbs, will tweet .”
Paddles was also responsible for virtually derailing Ardern’s first phone call with US President Donald Trump when the cat came into the lounge meowing aloud.
A spokesman for the cabinet of ministers said the ginger feline, adopted from the Royal New Zealand Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals( SPCA ), was hit by a auto near Ardern’s Point Chevalier home and killed on Tuesday.