By Stephen Messenger
"Sure, on the surface Steve the orange tabby might look like an ordinary house cat - but to his faithful flock of loyal followers, he's that and so much more.
Around here, he pretty much runs the show.
The friendly feline started life out as a lonely indoor pet at home in New Zealand, biding his time, perhaps, for his chance at greatness. And indeed, despite his humble beginnings, the ambitious cat soon found his calling as a local chieftain of sorts.
It all began when his owners, Amanda Whitlock and her partner, took in a group of baby lambs who were in need of care and guidance. While she handled the feeding duties, Steve apparently decided he'd steep in to offer them something even more alluring - membership in a new club in which, of course, he'd be boss.
"He's sort of almost like their leader," Whitlock told the New Zealand Herald. "He'll just be walking around the yard and they'll be following him. Or he'll be playing in the bushes and they'll be inquisitive, looking to see what he's doing and following him through the bushes."
Good leaders always lead by example.
A video team from the Herald recently caught up with Steve to learn more about his rise to power as the unlikely ruler of a flock of his own."
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