WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and first girl Jill Biden have lastly added the long-promised cat to their pet household.
Her identify is Willow, and she or he’s a 2-year-old, green-eyed, grey and white farm cat from Pennsylvania.
“Willow is settling into the White House with her favorite toys, treats, and plenty of room to smell and explore,” mentioned Michael LaRosa, the primary girl’s spokesperson.
Jill Biden had mentioned after Joe Biden was elected in November 2020 that they might bring a kitty to the White House, however her arrival had been delayed. Last month, the White House mentioned the cat would are available in January.
The first girl named Willow after her hometown of Willow Grove, Pennsylvania.
The short-haired tabby made fairly an impression on Jill Biden after leaping up on stage and interrupting her remarks throughout a 2020 marketing campaign cease in Pennsylvania, LaRosa mentioned.
“Seeing their immediate bond, the owner of the farm knew that Willow belonged with Dr. Biden,” he mentioned.
The White House hasn’t had a feline resident since India, President George W. Bush’s cat.
Willow joins Commander, a German shepherd pet Joe Biden launched in December as a birthday present from the president’s brother James Biden and his spouse, Sara.
The Bidens had two different German shepherds, Champ and Major, on the White House earlier than Commander.
But Major, a 3-year-old rescue canine, began behaving aggressively after he arrived in January 2021, together with a pair of biting incidents. The White House had mentioned Major was nonetheless adjusting to his new house, and he was despatched again to the Bidens’ Delaware house for coaching.
The Bidens, after consulting with canine trainers, animal behaviorists and veterinarians, determined to observe the specialists’ collective suggestion and ship Major to dwell in a quieter surroundings with household pals, LaRosa mentioned final month.
Champ died in June at age 13.