Farewell, Charlie

YVETTE BATTEN - NORTH TARANAKI MIDWEEK
Last updated 15:16 12/06/2012
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Happier times: Charlie the cat defied normal feline urges and never lay a claw upon the chicks.

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Charlie the cat, a hit with the chicks on Proffit's Poultry farm in Warea, has met with an untimely death.

The puss, about four years old, shot to fame in 2010 when Midweek ran an article about how he defied normal feline nature.

His favourite place to rest was inside the chicks' cage under the heat lamp. Not once did he lay claw upon any of the yellow cheepers.

But earlier this month, his owners Barry and Ruth Proffit discovered their beloved ginger puss with the one-in-a-million personality had been hit by a car overnight.

"I'm absolutely shattered," Mr Proffit says.

"He was so healthy and fit. From one day being Charlie and the following day just gone. It's extremely sad."

The Proffits' farm is located on a quiet country road and there are no issues with speeding cars.

"It was just the wrong place, wrong time."

Charlie's remains were cremated. Mr Proffit doubted whether the couple would get another cat.

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