Lil Bub, an iconic cat of the internet, has passed away. The feline first rose to fame in 2011 on Tumblr, and her popularity soon skyrocketed after being featured on Reddit, earning many admirers thanks to her distinct face and cute features. Lil Bub was eight years old.
The cat became an internet darling in large part due to her inspiring origin story. Lil Bub was the runt of her litter, and had several genetic mutations that resulted in facial deformities that made it difficult for her to be adopted. Owner Mike Bridavsky saw the beauty in Lil Bub and nursed the cute cat to health. The rest they say, is internet history.
News broke of Lil Bub's death on her official Instagram this past Sunday, breaking the hearts of cat lovers everywhere. You can check out the emotional post in the space below:
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This is my first photo with BUB next our last photo together. On the morning of Sunday, December 1st 2019 we lost the purest, kindest and most magical living force on our planet. BUB was cheerful and full of love laying in our bed with us Saturday night, but unexpectedly passed away peacefully in her sleep.. I have always been fully transparent about BUB's health, and it was no secret that she was battling a persistent and aggressive bone infection. Even knowing this, we weren't expecting her to pass so soon or so abruptly without warning. I truly believe that she willingly made the decision to leave her failing body so that our family would not have to make that difficult decision ourselves. It is impossible to put into words the profound effect that BUB has had on my life, on the lives of thousands of homeless pets, and on the lives of those of you that have cared for her as if she were your own family. She taught me everything that I know about unconditional love, she brought my wife Stacy and I together, she's the reason we have our beautiful children Rosco and Lula, and she has been a constant source of warmth and love in our lives for the past 8 years. To say that our family is devastated would be an understatement. But most importantly, BUB has made a huge difference in the world of animal welfare, and in the lives of millions of people worldwide. She has literally saved thousands of lives (both pets and humans), she started the first national fund for special needs pets, she was the subject of groundbreaking genetic and biological research, she's helped raise over $700,000 for animals in need, and has spread a message of determination, positivity, and perseverance to people all over the world. And even though my heart is absolutely crushed by her graceful departure from planet Earth, I know that her sprit, magic, and overwhelming energy are still with us, reminding us every day to be better. Dearest BUB, I will never forget your generosity, your limitless supply of love, or your uncanny ability to bring so much magic and joy to the world. I am forever honored and humbled that you chose me as your caretaker. Please visit all of us in our dreams o
Lil Bub's rise to fame led to millions of devoted followers on all of her social media channels, a documentary that won the Tribeca Online Festival Best Feature Film, a book, merchandise and more. While it could've been easy to let the fame go to her adorably furry head, Lil Bub always strove to give back to charity. Thanks to Lil Bub, over $300,000 was raised for animals in need like she once was, and her story of going from runt to rescue hit home with animal lovers everywhere. Her owner described Lil Bub as the most amazing cat on the planet, and it's clear that the kitty's impact and death was felt worldwide.
Cats have a special place in pop culture, from Captain Marvel's cat Goose to the unintentionally controversial upcoming film adaption of the musical Cats. Cat fans everywhere were also crushed when news of the death of Grumpy Cat, another iconic internet feline, hit broken hearts everywhere. Nothing rouses the world wide web more than a well timed cat meme or a cute cat video, and Lil Bub's absence will be clearly felt. With the Internet being inundated with horrible and dark news constantly, cats of the world whether it be on the big movie theater screen or the dim glow of a laptop provide an oasis os positivity and cuteness that helps the world be a better place. Lil Bub was a furry angel that will live on forever in GIFs, memes and Google images. May her story inspire more rescue, adoptions, and love to animals in need that may not be the cutest or the healthiest, but have the biggest hearts and so much affection to give.