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Permanently petrified Bromley rescue cat amasses thousands of Twitter followers

PUBLISHED: 14:45 04 December 2017 | UPDATED: 14:46 04 December 2017

Photos of Zelda the cat accompanying a tweet to 'always leave your Zelda in the folded position.' Photo: Matt Taghioff

Photos of Zelda the cat accompanying a tweet to 'always leave your Zelda in the folded position.' Photo: Matt Taghioff

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A Bromley rescue cat has amassed tens of thousands of Twitter followers thanks to her permanently petrified expression.

Zelda, a Bromley rescue cat with a permanently petrified expression. Photo: Matt TaghioffZelda, a Bromley rescue cat with a permanently petrified expression. Photo: Matt Taghioff

The frightened feline, Zelda, has a Twitter account which boasts more than 35,000 followers.

She was adopted by owner and Beckenham resident Matt Taghioff, 31, from the Mayhew Animal Rescue Home in 2014.

Describing the moment they first met, he said: “I was really taken aback, she looked absolutely startled. It was a staring contest at the beginning.”

Matt was never given a clear explanation behind Zelda’s 10,000 yard stare, but believes Zelda’s previous home was too noisy and unsuitable for her.

He suspected the cat’s unusual expression made her a less sought after resident at the animal shelter and this made him want to adopt her even more.

Zelda’s social media accounts are home to a steady stream of photos, accompanied by short poems and musings.

One tweet shows the cat looking up at a banister and states: “I like banisters. They help me with the stares.”

Another tweet instructs followers to “always leave your Zelda in the folded position”, accompanied by two images of Zelda, her arms folded in one and straight in the other, while her expression remains consistently confounded. With more than 12,000 retweets and 32,000 likes, the account has found its place in the well established online cat meme culture.

Explaining the inspiration behind the posts, Matt said: “I have to say that Zelda comes up with them. I imagine Zelda singing and rhyming in her head about the most ordinary objects, staring long and in deep concentration at an inanimate object.”

The Twitter account has provided an opportunity for Matt, who works in customer service, to explore his creativity and he has received very positive feedback.

“The community of people online are so encouraging. People give so much without expecting much back.”

Discussing his future ambitions for the cat, Matt said he has received messages from adoring fans requesting T-shirts, mugs and photos.

“The more people that can have Zelda in their life the better,” he added.

Follow Zelda on Twitter and Instagram at @CuriousZelda

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