Known for her smooshed-face and little tongue sticking out, Lil Bub has died, aged 8.
The feline internet sensation’s owner Mike, shared the following on Twitter:
“On the morning of Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019 we lost the purest, kindest, and most magical living force on our plane,” Mike wrote.
“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.”
— Lil BUB (@IAMLILBUB) December 2, 2019
“BUB has made a huge difference in the world of animal welfare, and in the lives of millions of people worldwide,” he added.
“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.”
Lil Bub was the runt of her litter and born with several genetic mutations. Despite this, she quickly rose to fame online, and was pivotal in raising money for other pets in need.