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A Dearly Departed Istanbul Cat Gets a Commemorative Statue

Tombili was a star.

Cats in Istanbul are kind of a big deal, but even among Istanbul’s famous cats, Tombili stood apart. An unusually portly cat, Tombili rose to social media fame after being caught on camera leaning a casual elbow against the step, contemplating the world.

Tombili was known for being a chill cat, and this was a common pose for him. But this particular photo achieved a higher level of internet fame, putting Tombili in the pantheon of Beloved and Bememed Internet Cats.

In August, Tombili died, and since then friends and fans have been pushing for a permanent monument to his life. On October 4, World Animal Day, that desire was officially fulfilled, when a commemorative sculpture by local artist Seval Şahin was unveiled.

RIP Tombili, may you chill forever.