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    Ardern's 'first cat' killed by car

    It became an international sensation but Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's cat Paddles has been killed after being hit by a car.


    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's cat Paddles, or the first cat of New Zealand as it became known, has died after being hit by a car.

    The news was confirmed by a spokeswoman for the prime minister on Wednesday.

    Paddles become a household name after Ms Ardern disclosed in an interview that her pet had opposable thumbs.

    The cat inspired a Twitter account in its name, @FirstCatofNZ, which attracted more than 11,000 followers.

    "Very sad PR guy here. Thank you so much for loving Paddles, the whole world will mourn her. Not bad for a lil SPCA puss," the account tweeted on Wednesday.


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