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PETA applauds Gov. Lincoln Chafee for saving praying mantis

Democratic Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee gave some love to a bug earlier this week, according to a reporter’s account on Twitter. David Klepper, who covers the Rhode Island Statehouse for the Associated Press, caught Chaffee in this act:

PETA applauded the governor’s actions. “If it’s true that he took the time to help a praying mantis who had ended up on a pedestrian walkway, Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee reminded all of us that even the smallest lives are important,” a spokesman for the group told Yeas & Nays. “PETA hopes the governor’s kind action will encourage others always to lend a helping hand to any individual who needs it.”

This post has been updated.