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Sun Jul 23, 2017, 06:53 PM

He was purrfect: Honorary cat mayor in Alaska town dies


Photo: Mark Thiessen, AP
In a May 29, 2016 file photo, Stubbs, the honorary feline mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska, walks out of the West Rib Bar and Grill. Stubbs was found dead by his owners Friday, July 21, 2017, at the age of 20. Talkeetna, a town with a population of about 900, elected the yellow cat mayor in a write-in campaign in 1998. There is no human mayor in the town.


TALKEETNA, Alaska (AP) Stubbs, the honorary feline mayor of the Alaska town of Talkeetna, has died at the age of 20.

The animal's owners announced the cat's death late Saturday in a statement.

"Stubbs lived for 20 years and 3 months," the family wrote. "He was a trooper until the very last day of his life; meowing at us throughout the day to pet him or to come sit on the bed with him and let him snuggle and purr for hours in our lap. Thank you, Stubbs, for coming into our lives for the past 31 months; you are a remarkable cat and we will dearly miss you. We loved the time we were allowed to spend with you."

According to Stubb's family, Mayor Stubbs, as the cat was most commonly known, went to bed Thursday and died overnight, KTVA-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2eF2Dbq ).

Talkeetna, a town with a population of about 900, elected the yellow cat mayor in a write-in campaign in 1998.

Read more: http://www.lmtonline.com/news/article/Alaska-honorary-cat-mayor-dies-at-20-11312000.php?ipid=hpstrangenews



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TexasTowelie Jul 2017 OP
hlthe2b Jul 2017 #1
TexasTowelie Jul 2017 #2
BlancheSplanchnik Jul 2017 #7
TexasTowelie Jul 2017 #8
BlancheSplanchnik Jul 2017 #9
The Velveteen Ocelot Jul 2017 #3
TexasTowelie Jul 2017 #4
calikid Jul 2017 #5
TexasTowelie Jul 2017 #6

Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sun Jul 23, 2017, 06:54 PM

1. Poor ole guy...

RIP, Mr. Mayor

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #1)

Sun Jul 23, 2017, 06:58 PM

2. He had an interesting life.

I thought about putting this in LBN, but I didn't want the hosts to have to decide whether or not to lock the thread.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Reply #2)

Sun Jul 23, 2017, 11:57 PM

7. awwwwwww! I'd love to hear the story of Mayor Stubbs. ❤️

if you're in the mood to tell the story, I'm in the mood to read it! 👍🏾

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Response to BlancheSplanchnik (Reply #7)

Mon Jul 24, 2017, 12:54 AM

8. I found three different threads that I posted in 2013:

Alaska Cat Injury News: Mayor Stubbs survives dog's assassination attempt ; Wasabi's 11-story plunge
https://www.democraticunderground.com/1018474886

Follow-up: Honorary feline mayor (Mayor Stubbs in Alaska) goes home after dog attack
https://www.democraticunderground.com/1018476778

Honorary Cat Mayor of Alaska Town Slow to Heal
https://www.democraticunderground.com/1018491868

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Response to TexasTowelie (Reply #8)

Mon Jul 24, 2017, 10:25 AM

9. Awwww, thanks!! ❤️

There was an assassination attempt?? Omg! Mayor Stubbs was a pole-arising figure?!

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sun Jul 23, 2017, 07:00 PM

3. R.I.P., Mayor Stubbs.

20 years is a good, long life for a cat. And 19 years is longer than most mayors last.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #3)

Sun Jul 23, 2017, 07:03 PM

4. At least there is one of his offspring waiting to take over the job.

BTW, you might want to check this thread since it has some bearing on the ocelot population:
https://www.democraticunderground.com/107835956

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sun Jul 23, 2017, 07:17 PM

5. I've met his Honor, he wasn't impressed with my scratching ability.....

until it was time for scratching, then he approved!
A fine fellow he was.
Thanks TT for the find.

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Response to calikid (Reply #5)

Sun Jul 23, 2017, 07:30 PM

6. You're welcome.

It appears that the mayor had plenty of scratchers in waiting.

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