Among the many, many internet famous cats out there, you may remember Tombili, a tubby street cat known the world over for his super chill pavement stance as he leant on a curb in Istanbul and watched the world go by.
He’s now been immortalised as a statue after passing away this summer.
Tombili’s statue [Imgur]
The lead photo above saw him shoot to fame on the internet as we all marvelled at his posture and said, “Awww, he thinks he’s people.”
Sadly, the much-loved feline celebrity died in August after a month-long of illness.
A distraught local distributed home-printed posters in the surrounding area, saying “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.“
Once the locals got wind of the news, plans were put into place for a more permanent tribute.
More than 12,000 people signed a petition to get Tombili a statue - and the resulting memorial is being unveiled this week.
It’s a fitting tribute to a cool cat - and it’s even got the seal of approval from the next generation.
A kitten gets to grips with the new neighbourhood addition [Imgur]
Lead image: Imgur