Taiwan's cat-loving President to adopt dogs too

President Tsai says that Xiang Xiang (in picture above) is fierce and might not get along with her three new dogs.
President Tsai says that Xiang Xiang (in picture above) is fierce and might not get along with her three new dogs.PHOTO: FACEBOOK OF TSAI ING-WEN

TAIPEI • Taiwan's new President, whose two cats grace many of her Facebook posts, said yesterday she would adopt three retired guide dogs, but dismissed media speculation over a "civil war" among presidential pets.

President Tsai Ing-wen, who was inaugurated last week, has two cats called Xiang Xiang - "Think Think" in English - and Ah Tsai, and local media have predicted the felines will not take kindly to three new canine arrivals.

Ms Tsai, who won a landslide election victory in January, portrayed herself as an animal lover throughout her presidential campaign.

Think Think appeared in campaign videos, and one of Ms Tsai's aides has said that cat-related posts on the President's Facebook page garnered up to 50 per cent more likes than posts on political issues.

"No, no and no," Ms Tsai said, when asked by local media if she was concerned about potential conflicts within her growing menagerie.

But she said that Think Think, a large grey tabby cat, was "fierce" and might have some problems adapting to the new arrivals.

She did not say when the retired guide dogs will formally move into her residence.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 27, 2016, with the headline 'Taiwan's cat-loving President to adopt dogs too'. Print Edition | Subscribe