Influencer cat Lil Bub died in the USA. More than two million people follow her on Instagram

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During her short life, Lil Bub managed to act in films and become an invited guest on the Animal Planet show, and her master’s charity fund managed to raise over $700 thousand to help other animals.

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In the USA, on December 1, the cat Lil Bub died, which became one of the most famous animals on the Internet. On her Instagram, 2.4 million people signed up. Lil Bub was 8 years old, according to The New York Times.

The cat was born in 2011, and a year later became famous on Reddit — her photo appeared on the main page of the site. After that, the human of Lil Bub started blogging his pet on Tumblr. In 2013, she starred in a documentary about the famous animals Lil Bub & Friendz, which was shown at the Tribeca Film Festival, and she was invited to the Animal Planet show. The Bub had one of the forms of feline dwarfism, which is why she has remained the size of a kitten all her life. In addition, she had many other genetic abnormalities: disproportionately short limbs, an extra finger on each of the paws and problems with teeth — for this reason, the tongue was constantly falling out. Thanks to her, the charity pet care fund managed to raise $700,000 for pets with special needs.

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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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On Instagram of another famous cat, Grumpy, who died in May of this year, on December 2, a joint photo appeared with Lil Bub.

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Friends forever

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“Dear 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,” wrote her owner Mike Bridavsky.

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