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Lil Bub, Internet sensation cat, dead at 8 years old after battling ‘persistent and aggressive’ bone infection

Lil Bub, Internet feline sensation
The celebrity cat Lil Bub died on Sunday at 8. Pic credit: @iamlilbub/Instagram.

The celebrity cat Lil Bub has died at eight years old. According to owners Mike and Stacy Bridavsky, Lil Bub died early on Sunday, December 1.

Bridvasky announced the death of the beloved cat in a statement released on Instagram, saying she “unexpectedly passed away peacefully in her sleep.”

“On the morning of Sunday, December 1, 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.”

Although Lil Bub had been battling multiple health issues, including “persistent and aggressive bone infection,” Mike said her death was unexpected.

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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

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Who was Lil Bub?

Lil Bub was one of the biggest animal influencers on social media, with more than 2.3 million followers on Instagram, and more than three million likes on Facebook. She was born to a feral mom, and she was the runt of her litter.

The pint-sized cat suffered multiple genetic disorders, including a form of feline dwarfism that made her very small in size. Her tongue permanently hung out of her mouth because her jaws were abnormally small and toothless.

She had an extra toe on each of her paws and suffered from a bone condition called osteopetrosis.

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Bridavsky adopted Lil Bub shortly after she was born in 2011 and began posting about her on Tumblr in November. Animal lovers quickly fell in love with the adorable cat with large green eyes.

She achieved more in her short life span than most cats and humans. She published a book titled Lil Bub’s Lil Book: The Extraordinary Life of the Most Amazing Cat on the Planet in 2013.

She also started a web series titled Lil Bub’s Big Show in 2013. The web series hosted stars such as Michelle Obama, Whoopi Goldberg, and Steve Albini.

She starred in a documentary titled Lil Bub & Friendz, which premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City in April 2013. Lil Bub & Friendz won Best Feature Film award at the 2013 Tribeca Online Festival.

She also recorded music and released an album, titled Science and Magic. She released it through Joyful Noise Recordings.

The celebrity cat used her fame to benefit other special needs pets, including homeless cats. She worked with ASPCA to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for animals in need.

A team of scientists launched a campaign through to sequence Lil Bub’s genome. They wanted to study and better understand her unique traits, including her extra digits.

The campaign reached its target in May 2015. The project found that she had a mutation that has also been found in humans and a mouse.

According to online sources, eight years of a cat’s life is roughly equivalent to 48-49 years of human life.

John Thomas Didymus has worked as a writer since 2010. He has written for several sites including Screen Rant and WikiHow, and his articles have... read more
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