A cherished neighborhood cat, made famous for his particular at-ease style of lounging about, has been bestowed one of the highest honors a lazy but loved feline can receive — having his memory and likeness preserved forever in a statue erected at his favorite spot.
This is Tombili, who was a well known figure along the streets of Istanbul where he lived. Nobody is sure if he had a home of his own, but the cat’s chubby frame and sweet demeanor suggests there were plenty of folks around who made sure he wasn’t lacking food or affection.
He shot to stardom on the internet when somebody posted a picture of him lounging about in the street, his calm and collected demeanor and large stature captivated everyone who came across him in person or via his famous photo.
Sadly, Tombili’s newfound fame came near the end of his life. After taking sick earlier this summer, he passed away in August from an unknown illness. It wasn’t long, however, before a makeshift memorial was placed at his favorite resting spot, with a note (as translated on Reddit): “You will live in our hearts. Mascot of our street, beloved TOMBILI lost his struggle for life after a month and closed his eyes to life on first of August.”
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However, this was not enough for the residents who knew and loved him and now a statue has been erected in his honor at the spot that made him famous. R.I.P. Tombili.
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( h/t: TheDodo )