Paddles (cat)

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

ReferencesEdit

  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.