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 (@ FirstCatofNZ)

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

October 21, 2017

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.

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The driver of the car told a local where it was took the cat to a veterinarian, the New Zealand Herald reported. The vet said the feline dead.

Adern wrote on Facebook:” To anyone who has ever lost a pet, you’ll know how sad we feel. Paddles was much desired, and not only by us.

” Thanks for everyone’s imagines. And on behalf of Paddles, please be kind to the SPCA. They determined her before we did, and we will always be grateful for that .”

The person manning Paddles’ Twitter account said the cat’s ” father”, Ardern’s partner Clarke Gayford, craved endowments of condolences to be made in the form of a donation to the SPCA.

Paddles (@ FirstCatofNZ)

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.

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