New Zealand Is In Mourning Following The Death Of Paddles, The PM’s Six-Toed Cat


Paddles Jacinda Ardern Cat

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New Zealand is a nation in mourning following the tragic death of its First Cat, Paddles, who was killed on Tuesday after being hit by a car.

Paddles belonged to New Zealand’s recently elected Prime Minister, Jacinda Arden, and her partner, Clarke Gayford. The rescue cat was famous for her polydactyl abnormality – an extra set of claws that looked like thumbs.

She also had her own (unofficial) Twitter account with more than 11,000 followers, and wasn’t afraid of weighing in on the issues of the day.

Arden confirmed Paddles’ passing in a Facebook post on Wednesday morning.

“To anyone who has ever lost a pet, you’ll know how sad we feel,” she wrote. “Paddles was much loved, and not just by us. Thanks for everyone’s thoughts.”

She also encouraged her constituents to support the Royal New Zealand Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the organisation Paddles was adopted from.

The sad news of Paddles’ untimely demise has been met with an outpouring of grief on social media.

RIP Paddles. You will be missed.

Feature image via FirstCatOfNz/Twitter