Lil Bub, the internet’s red cat, has brought joy to millions of fans, according tomedia outlet The Verge. And its owner, Mike Bridavsky, announced his death on social media Monday to mark his life and its impact on animal welfare and research into special needs pets. He died peacefully at the age of eight.
Lil Bub suffers from severe and rare bone deformation, a unique shape that its genetic mutation gives it, and looks like a small kitten with no teeth, which makes it possible to keep his mouth open and his tongue exposed. It has been the subject of a campaign for gene research to better understand genetic mutations. Lil Bub’s owners have raised $700,000 for animals in need through partnerships with assas.
Lil Bub is perhaps one of the most famous cats on the internet ever, and is one of the first “celebrity” pets to become popular online. In addition to having millions of followers on social media, it has also starred in a documentary called Lil Bub and Friendz. Lil Bub even dabbled in music, appearing with Snoop Dogg on the “Meow the Jewels” cat mix album and releasing her own album, Science and Magic: A Soundtrack to The Universe.
Lil Bub has been making fun of the internet since the day she was born, and the first photo of her was posted on Tumblr when she was just two months old. Soon after, she was on Reddit’s front page and so popular that its owner, Mike Bridavsky, began raising money by designing and producing peripheral items related to it
。 Bridavsky says he has donated most of the proceeds to animal rescue organizations and adoption centers. In a farewell letter to Lil Bub, Bridavsky wrote: “I am always honored and humbled because you chose me as your master. Please often appear in all of us’ dreams. GOOD JOB BUB. “