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Published: Thu, November 09, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Jacinda Ardern's Cat, Paddles, Has Died

Jacinda Ardern's Cat, Paddles, Has Died

Paddles shot to worldwide fame after interrupting a call with Donald Trump.

A cat belonging to New Zealand's new Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, has died after being hit by a vehicle. Paddles has been killed after being hit by a auto.

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

Paddles' death was confirmed by Ms Ardern's press secretary, who told local media: "Sadly Paddles was run over by a auto near the Prime Minister's home in Point Chevalier".

"We are thankful that Jacinda and [partner Clarke Gayford] asked the public to donate to us in Paddles' memory", an SPCA spokesperson told Newshub.

The first cat had plenty of fans on social media. The account has over 11 thousand followers.

Paddles had been quickly gaining quite the profile online, thanks to an unofficial Twitter account set up in its name, @FirstCatOfNZ.

'Not bad for a [little] SPCA puss'. The account also interacted with other important felines from around the world. I'll always be in your hearts. She was found yesterday after being hit by a auto near their home in Point Chevalier, Auckland.

Tributes also poured in from social media users around the world., including one from USA ambassador Scott Brown's dog named Gracie.

One dissenting voice amid the outpouring of grief came from Opportunities Party leader Gareth Morgan.

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