Thursday, 19 July 2012

Stubbs the cat celebrates 15th year as mayor of Alaska town Talkeetna

Residents thought the candidates running for mayor weren’t up to scratch so campaigned to get the 15-year-old part-Manx the honorary position with a write-in campaign after he was born.

The feline has now become one of the longest-serving mayors in America.

The moggy is a celebrity in Talkeetna – where he’s also the cat’s pyjamas at promoting tourism – and has around 1,000 friends on Facebook, which is more people than the population of the town (900). 

Local worker Lauri Stec's store Nagley's General, which doubles up as Stubbs' town hall, has benefited from the popularity of the cat.

He was just in the Alaska Magazine, and he's been featured in a few different things,' she told KTUU. 

Apparently the shop, where Stubbs spends most of his time, receives many letters and cards from around the world addressed to him. 

'Oh my gosh, we probably have 30 to 40 people a day come in who are tourists wanting to see him,' she added.

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