Istanbul's beloved laid-back cat dies, honored with statue

A photo of the chubby cat striking a relaxed pose made its way to the Internet and quickly showed up in memes.

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Tombili died on Aug. 1, according to Anadolu Kedisi of the Anatolian Cat Project. A petition to honor the beloved feline was signed by over 17,000 supporters. Artist Seval Şahin created a bronze sculpture that captured Tombili’s serene spirit. The statue was unveiled at a ceremony on Oct. 4, World Pet Day.

The opening ceremony will be held on October 4th at 13:00 o'clock.#AnatolianCat #Tombili

Posted by Anadolu Kedisi on Monday, October 3, 2016

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Posted by Anadolu Kedisi on Tuesday, October 4, 2016

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