Technology Lil Bub, a cat beloved by the internet, dies at age 8

01:20  03 december  2019
01:20  03 december  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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The cat with the little tongue that stole the hearts of the internet has died at age 8 . Lil Bub came into the world in June 2011 and died on Sunday

Lil Bub, a cat whose unusual appearance made her an internet celebrity, has died at age 8, owner Mike Bridavsky announced on Sunday. "Bub was cheerful and full of love laying in our bed with us Saturday night, but unexpectedly passed away peacefully in her sleep," Bridavsky wrote on the cat's official Instagram account, calling her "the purest, kindest and most magical living force on our planet."

a cat that is looking at the camera© Instagram

"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," Bridavsky wrote. "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."

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But Lil Bub wasn’t just a cute face. Over her eight years, she appeared on TV and at conventions, starred in a Vice documentary, graced the front Her peers included Grumpy Cat (who passed away in March 2019), Marnie the Dog and Doug the Pug. At the time of her death, Lil Bub had over 2.3 million

2.3 million people follow Lil Bub on Instagram, and as of Monday morning, more than 126,000 had liked the cat's farewell post in just over one hour.

Lil Bub was the runt of a litter of feral cats found in a tool shed in rural Indiana in July 2011, and was born with a number of genetic anomalies, including dwarfism, polydactylism (extra toes), osteopetrosis, and jaw and mouth issues, her official website says. The site dubbed her a "perma-kitten," since her condition meant she stayed the size of a kitten her entire life.

Lil Bub gained fame once Bridavsky began posting about her on Tumblr. She was featured on calendars, shirts, greeting cards, as a stuffed toy, appeared on numerous national television shows, and had her own book and web series. Her merchandise site notes that a portion of the proceeds from every sale goes to Lil Bub's Big Fund for the ASPCA, a national fund for special needs pets. The site says Bub has helped raise over $600,000 for animals in need since 2012, and that Lil Bub's Big Fund has awarded over $400,000 in grants to shelters nationwide since 2014.

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Lil Bub , one of the internet 's most famous cats , has died aged eight . The cat 's owner, Mike Bridavsky, announced her death to millions of Lil Bub was best known for her unusual appearance - bulbous eyes and a protruding tongue. She was rescued as a feral kitten and was born with several

Viral cat Lil BUB passed away in her sleep on Monday, her owner announced to the world. In a statement , Mike Bridavsky said the feline passed away after a battle with a “persistent and aggressive bone infection.” “Dearest BUB , I will never forget your generosity, your limitless supply of love

"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," Bridavsky writes in the farewell post. "I am forever honored and humbled that you chose me as your caretaker. Please visit all of us in our dreams."

It's been a sad year for fans of internet-famous cats. Meme-making cat Grumpy Cat, whose frowny face sparked smiles and memes, died in May at age 7 after suffering complications from a urinary-tract infection.

Originally published Dec. 2, 11:08 a.m. PT.

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