She was just getting famous, and now Paddles the cat is no more.
The first cat of New Zealand, who just recently rose to prominence thanks to her prowess on Twitter, was hit and killed by a car Tuesday.
Known for her polydactyl abnormality — extra claws that looked like opposable thumbs — Paddles had a Twitter profile, started around the time her mother, Jacinda Ardern, was elected the country’s prime minister.
A rescue cat belonging to Ardern and her partner, TV presenter Clarke Gayford, Paddles had a following of nearly 12,000 on Twitter, where her profile, started last month, read: “Have thumbs, will tweet.”
Gayford took to Twitter to thank well-wishers for their kind notes. He also gave credit to the SPCA that started it all when it connected the feline to the prominent family.