Internet famous 'Lounging Cat' passes away, immortalized with a statue
A sculpture created in memory of 'Tombili,' the portly cat who became a social media phenomenon after being photographed posing on a sidewalk in Istanbul’s Ziverbey neighborhood, will be inaugurated on Oct. 4 on World Animal Day.
Tombili the "Lounging Cat"
This lounging cat has reached internet glory and we're sure you've seen this adorable picture in countless memes around the web chillin like a villain.
Following a Change.org campaign demanding that the Kadıköy Municipality arrange a commemorative sculpture of Tombili, who sadly passed away in August, sculptor Seval Şahin voluntarily erected the sculpture demonstrating Tombili’s iconic pose on the sidewalk.
His death was announced by a notice hung on a tree in the neighborhood’s Güleç Street, reading: “You will live on in our hearts.”
Tombili was known for his cool and carefree behavior towards those who wanted to love and play with him, according to locals.
The name ‘Tombili’ is now frequently used for chubby pets in Turkish.
Gone but never forgotten.
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