Gov. Lincoln Chafee helped save a praying mantis, according to a reporter's account on Twitter.
Associated Press reporter David Klepper, who covers the Rhode Island State House, caught Chafee in the act Tuesday.
"Walking up the statehouse steps I observed @LincolnChafee save a praying mantis. Used paper to move it to grass. Then got in car and drove away," Klepper tweeted.
The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals on Wednesday applauded Chafee'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 RedAlertPolitics.com. "PETA hopes the governor's kind action will encourage others always to lend a helping hand to any individual who needs it."
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