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When Internet Sensations Travis and Sigrid Meet Deaf Children At School

Words by Abi Scaife

Wildly popular on social media, Sigrid is a white Norwegian Forest Cat owned by Travis, who rides around London with Sigrid in a basket on his bike. Hailing from LA, California, the pair are watched by people all over the globe and are even recognised by people on the streets of London for their TikTok videos. 

When Travis bought Sigrid five and a half years ago from across the pond in America, he knew there was a chance she might be deaf. For these cats, with white fur and blue eyes, there is around an 80% chance they may be born deaf - it’s genetic. 

We met Travis and Sigrid while filming our #StreetTalk series and knew straight away how great the pair of them were – so when Travis mentioned wanting to take Sigrid to a deaf school, we had to get involved. 

Smiley Movement accompanied Travis and Sigrid to visit the Frank Barnes School for Deaf Children in London, to introduce the children to an animal who experiences the world just like they do. And what a heartwarming experience it was. 

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