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Cat loving Taiwanese netizens speculate on media treatment of new leader’s cats

Taiwanese netizens have let their imagination run wild with president-elect Tsai Ing-wen’s beloved cats.

Commentators on the popular Taiwanese forum PTT wondered if the media should start pointing the camera at Tsai’s cats, named Think Think and Ah-Tsai, since the island nation’s first female leader is single.

The wider online community responded with mock ups of newspaper front pages about Tsai’s cats.

Tsai Think Think Composite

“Think Think” newspaper mock ups. Photo: Oops udn.

The headlines include “Tsai Think Think loses control, cratches reporter in tantrum” and “Endangering the country: Tsai Think Think tries to be cute, Tsai Ing-wen ignores the country.”

Online reactions have been warm. “Hahaha so cute!” said one netizen. Another breathed a sigh of relief: “Finally, I don’t have to see any news reports about first families.”

祝大家新年快樂、平安幸福!

Posted by 蔡英文 Tsai Ing-wen on Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Tsai Ing-wen is known for her love of felines. The cats have made appearances during in her election campaign and Think Think even appeared in her New Year’s Address at the start of 2015.

Cat loving Taiwanese netizens speculate on media treatment of new leader's cats