Discover the story of Panchito, the ‘michistro’ of the Government Palace. An example of adoption and affection. Video: TikTok Presidency of Peru
Pets bring joy to the home and the lives of their owners. Nowadays, greater awareness has been seen about the care and protection of these defenseless beings, through the implementation of laws in their favor and sanctions for those who incur mistreatment or actions that damage their integrity.
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There are many organizations, shelters and spaces where adoption is promoted, and state entities have joined this crusade on more than one occasion.
But, did you know that even the Government Palace has its own adopted pets? Through a video on the TikTok platform, the Casa de Pizarro announced its four-legged tenants, however, it emphasized one particular inhabitant.
The TikTok video invites users to accompany ‘Panchito’ on a tour of the emblematic spaces of the Government Palace. Photo: Capture Presidency of Peru
His name is ‘Panchito’, according to the clip released by the Presidency of Peru on its official account. The little kitten with lead brown fur came to the Government Palace looking for shelter and has been living there for almost three years. He is now the protagonist of the audiovisual material that has captivated netizens and where he appears presenting himself with the new ‘position’ that he holds within the state apparatus.
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“My name is Panchito, and thanks to you I am the new ‘michistro’ of the Government Palace,” is heard in the first part of the clip, which features the restless feline as its protagonist. Along with it, users are invited to tour some emblematic spaces of the presidential complex. “Come with me to tour my three favorite rooms,” the TikTok video reads.
The first space that shows the clip on the platform is the Eléspuru Room, where there are two presidential carriages that were used in times of yore as official vehicles for presidents.
The clip explains that there was one for summer, with an open roof, and another for winter, which is covered and has windows. Both vehicles had the coat of arms of Peru engraved on them. “Look at these two beauties,” the voice narrating the video can be heard saying.
Then, following ‘Panchito’, the video takes users to the Golden Room. “Historic and elegant, covered in gold leaf, it has five-meter-high mirrors where I can see my beauty,” narrates ‘the voice’ of little ‘Panchito’. “This room is always guarded by my friends from the Honor Guard.”
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Finally, the last place that the clip shows is the Salón Túpac, previously known as Salón Pizarro. According to the audiovisual material, the portrait of the conqueror Francisco Pizarro was formerly located here, but it was later replaced by the revolutionary patriot Túpac Amaru.
The clip ends with ‘Panchito’ saying goodbye while taking a nap in one of the Palace spaces. “Well, I’ll leave you. “It’s time to feed me,” the video ends.
Panchito has lived in Palacio for more than three years. Photo: Capture TikTok Presidency of Peru
Users of the TikTok platform did not miss the opportunity to make ironic comments about the new ‘michistro’, whose video has already accumulated almost 300 thousand views and more than 39 thousand likes.
“Will he eat cheap or expensive croquettes?”, “I pay my taxes, adopt another michi”, “If there is a michi minister there is like”, “For that michi I gladly pay taxes” or “Panchito president”, are just some of the comments that are read in the post.
However, there were also some who questioned the ministerial work, but also showed concern for the situation of animals in Peru with comments such as: “They should help a lot to the shelters for rescued animals in the country, everyone needs them, donations are never enough.” or “adopt more kittens.”
Government Palace houses five special four-legged inhabitants. Video: TikTok Presidency of Peru
It is worth mentioning that the now famous ‘Panchito’ is not the only pet in the Presidential Palace, since two more kittens live with him who have recently arrived at this point in search of a home. They play in the gardens of this space and receive attention and a lot of love.
Along with this particular trio of kittens there are also Kiwi, the Palace’s oldest pet, a large brown dog, and Rex, his faithful friend with whom he has a great friendship. Both dogs appear outside the Presidential Palace and look happy in another video shared by the Presidency of Peru.
In this clip, a call is made to the population to “be the voice of those who have no voice,” in addition to respecting and caring for animals.