Now she’s living a life of adventure and love as the cutest little first mate, on the Tall Ship Lynx.
Alex Peacock, who’s been around boats his whole life, became the Lynx’s permanent captain this past winter.
Most days aboard this replica of a privateer used in the War of 1812 are spent voyaging — from its summer base in Nantucket, Massachusetts, to its winter home in St. Petersburg, Florida, to far-flung destinations including Hawaii, Mexico and other beautiful places — with the crew talking to history lovers, or engaged in some other kind of interesting and challenging pursuit.
Shortly after landing the choice gig, Peacock decided to head to a local animal shelter to fulfill what the 28-year-old says is a tall ship tradition.
“It seemed like the right time to get a buddy,” he told TODAY while sitting on the floor and feeding Leeloo some of her favorite treats (Greenies, for those who like such details).
Peacock and a few crew members headed over to Friends of Strays, a nonprofit shelter in St. Petersburg. That’s where they met Leeloo.
Leeloo was at the shelter, waiting to be adopted, because she’d had the good fortune to be found wandering loose in the vicinity of Friends of Strays community relations manager Clair Wray.