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Click for More PicturesIn September 1986, Blue Peter's long-standing keeper of the pets, Edith Menezes, gave the programme a kitten to replace Jack who had died a few months earlier.

Viewers were asked to send in their suggestions for a name, and by popular demand Willow was chosen, probably because of the kitten's oriental looks.

Rather than follow Willow's progress as a mother, it was decided that Willow should be the first pet to be neutered or spayed. This decision was taken because of the vast numbers of unwanted pets destroyed by the RSPCA every year.

Willow retired from the programme in 1991 to live in Sussex.

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Video Happy Birthday Petra. 
Video Christmas for Shep. 
Video Hibernation time for Freda. 
Video Get down Shep. 
Video Jack and Jill. 
Video The disappearing cats. 
Video Cat intelligence test. 
Video Jack's birthday. 
Video The firework code. 
Video Time cat. 
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