The honorary mayor of Talkeetna – an aging and much-loved feline with a large social media following --- was falsely reported to have died today.
A hoax about Stubbs dying triggered an outpouring of condolences and then attacks on whoever posted the false Facebook post that declared the cat deceased.
To whoever made up the story, “you seriously have no life. He is perfectly fine sleeping right now. He's alive and well,” wrote Stephanie Enders, owner of Nagley’s General Store, where the cat spends his days.
Stubbs has been the town’s unofficial mayor since 1997. He has generated a worldwide and loyal following. When the feline survived a dog attack in 2013, Stubbs got even more popular. He currently has more than 35,000 followers on Facebook.
“He’s fine. He’s sleeping at his little retirement home at the owner’s house,” said Samantha Hodges, an employee at Nagley’s.
The cat is believed to be 19 and is doing well despite his advanced age, Hodges said.
Enders said on Facebook that she and her store were being flooded with phone calls from people concerned about Stubbs. She updated the real Mayor Stubbs Facebook account late today with a post -- written from Stubbs’ perspective. “I’m very much alive," it read.
“I cried when I read the fake post but then saw your comment and was overjoyed,” responded Christi Behrens Williams.
Angelita Rosario also expressed relief.
“Pheww, glad the fake…Stubbs for president,” Rosario wrote.