Lil Bub, famous internet cat with 2.4 million followers on Instagram, dies in sleep

Mike Bridavsky, the Bub's owner, announced the cat's death to millions of her followers on social media on Monday.

Published: 03rd December 2019 03:37 PM  |   Last Updated: 03rd December 2019 03:37 PM   |  A+A-

Lil Bub passed away in her sleep. (Photo| Instagram)

By PTI

WASHINGTON: Lil Bub, the droopy-tongued and bulbous-eyed American cat whose unusual appearance melted hearts and earned her millions of followers on social media, has died aged eight, her owner has said.

One of the internet's most beloved feline celebrities, the perma-kitten who suffered from dwarfism and battled a persistent and aggressive bone infection passed away "peacefully in her sleep" on Sunday morning.

Mike Bridavsky, the Bub's owner, announced the cat's death to millions of her followers on social media on Monday.

"BUB was cheerful and full of love laying in our bed with us Saturday night, but unexpectedly passed away peacefully in her sleep. We weren't expecting her to pass so soon or so abruptly without warning," he wrote in a post on Instagram.

Bridavsky said she helped raise more than USD 700,000 for animal charities during her lifetime.

Bub has made a huge difference in the world of animal welfare, and in the lives of millions of people worldwide, he said.

"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 USD 700,000 for animals in need, and has spread a message of determination, positivity, and perseverance to people all over the world," Bridavsky said.

With millions of followers on social media and a mini-empire of commercial appearances, Bub found online fame because of her unique appearance.

Her feline dwarfism meant she stayed kitten-sized throughout her life.

An extra toe on each paw, and had an underdeveloped jaw without teeth made her tongue always droopy.

Bridavsky adopted Bub as the "runt" of a ferral litter found by a friend inside a tool-shed in Indiana.

"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," her owner said.

Bub's death comes seven months after the death of Grumpy Cat, another feline internet legend.

Stay up to date on all the latest World news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp