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New Zealander Of The Year: Mittens The Cat A Candidate

Mittens, the cat, is an icon in New Zealand. Mittens, originally from the suburbs of Auckland but really became a social media star when he, his brother Latte, and their owner, Silvio Bruinsma, moved to the capital city. According to Mittens' Wikipedia page, since moving to the capital city, Mittens' been featured on the 2018 edition of the Wellington Advent Calendar, was given the Key to the City of Wellington and was the subject of an exhibition at the Wellington Museum. 

Quite the accomplishments! Mittens' is so famous, he can proudly join the ranks of New Zealand's other treasures -- Sir Peter Jackson and Sir Richard Taylor. 

Mittens also has a private Facebook group called, "The Wondrous Adventures of Mittens," with over 50k followers all who track Mittens' daily activities around the town. Mittens walks freely around town and the entire town worships him, posing for pictures and calling him "Your Highness."

And now, in 2020, Mittens is in the running to be the New Zealander of the Year

We've got our fingers crossed for you, Mittens! 

Story via The Guardian

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New Zealand Hired a Saxophonist To Get Endangered Birds In a Sexy Mood

The kākāpō is a critically endangered flightless bird, of which there are only 147 alive today, but will they be in the mood for sax?

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Wholesome: Dad Creates a Stick Library for Dogs at the Park

Andrew Taylor (59) a very talented craftsman from New Zealand, decided to use the dead branches at his back yard to create a "stick library" for his dog Bella and the other dogs who frequent the park where they go. Taylor set the box filled with rounded sticks at the park entrance and politely asked the dog owners to make sure the sticks will be returned to the box like the books in a real library. Andrew's daughter Tayla Reece was the one who proudly posted her father's project online. And we're glad she did – it's an adorable idea and one we hope other people will copy in their own local area.


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Scientists Just Discovered That Penguins Used To Be Human-Sized

Penguins aren't exactly formidable creatures, are they? Although Emperor penguins can reach up to 4 feet 2 inches, they always seem super friendly and cute. Now imagine a penguin the same height as you. That changes things. Penguins the size of humans... the idea sounds like it comes from science fiction. But it actually just comes from science. It was recently discovered that giant penguins used to exist. We are not kidding. 

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7 Short And Sweet Kiwi Bird Gifs For All You Kiwi Lovers Out There

In 2018, the Kiwi bird, native to New Zealand, officially moved from the endangered list to "vulnerable." They are incredibly elusive and difficult to capture on film but we gathered a few short gifs, just for you! 

Fun fact about the Kiwi bird, they lay really, really big eggs. We're talking huge, in comparison to the adult Kiwi. And their eggs can weigh up to 1 quarter of an adult kiwi bird's mass! Pretty wild!

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Aquarium In New Zealand Has A Naughty Penguin Of Every Month

Honestly, Mo is a complete mood and then some. This awesome aquarium in New Zealand has been sharing the good and naughty penguins of the month, and the naughty crimes are just way too funny not to share! You can follow along on Facebook or Instagram! Who's your favorite penguin so far?

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Blue Baby Penguin Was Spotted On The Beach In New Zealand, Looking For His Mom

Billy is a little blue penguin who lives in New Zealand. The tiny 2-month-old flightless penguin was spotting wandering around a beach in Christchurch, just searching for his mother. Thankfully there were some kind humans who were looking out for Billy while she was away. Via: Animal Channel

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These Awesome Folks From New Zealand Built Their Cats A Bada** Outdoor Enclosure (15 Images)

Or a "Catio" if you will. These awesome people took on a massive project to help improve their cats quality of life by giving them a safe outdoor environment. They posted their project, along with all the steps taken on Imgur. When asked why didn't they just let their cats out, they responded, "We made a personal decision when we got them that we didn't want to expose them to dangers like traffic, other cats and diseases. We also wanted to make sure that we weren't introducing predators into our area that would hunt the native birds. NZ has amazing bird life that our kitties would probably gleefully murder given half the chance." 

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Faye Rogers speaks with her donkey about crime shows. The New Zealander is an animal communicator who helps others better understand their pets. Watch how she does it. Via: Great Big Story

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Via Telegraph: "A valiant farmer told Newshub about the rescue mission which successfully saved the lives of the bovine family.

'We managed to get a track in and bring them out,' he said.

'They desperately needed water, cows don’t like living without water so that was the first requirement.'

He said a fault line had run along the farm, killing many cows, but that fourteen had been saved in total."

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New Zealand is home to great natural beauty and wildlife, and economist Gareth Morgan has launched a campaign to keep it thriving. One of the pillars of his campaign? Making sure that the cat you own will be your last.

"That little ball of fluff you own is a natural born killer," he writes. "Every year cats in New Zealand destroy our native wildlife. The fact is that cats have to go if we really care about our environment." His campaign is called Cats to Go.

Cats to Go aims to slowly phase out the cat population through effective neutering and a mandatory cat registry.

Uh oh. What do YOU think about Mr. Morgan's environmental endeavors? You can read the full article HERE.