Beloved neighborhood cat and social media sensation, Tombili, has been forever immortalized by the adoring residents of Istanbul’s Ziverbey neighborhood.
Made famous by a popularly meme’d photo portraying his signature lounging pose, Tombili passed away this past August. The city decided to honor their feline superstar by erecting a statue in his likeness.
Tombili was a local celebrity in Istanbul. His neighbors loved find his plump stature sprawled across stairs and sidewalks around the city. He was known for his carefree behaviour toward people trying to play with him, and continual willingness to take images with his many adoring fans.
After passing away from an unknown illness in August, a makeshift memorial was placed at his favorite public lounging spot with a note( as translated on Reddit ):
“You will live in our hearts. mascot of our street, beloved TOMBILI( entails fat but in a cute route) lost his struggle for life after a month and shut his eyes to life on first of August.”
Tespih ve ay montajyla nlenen Tombili hayatn kaybetti. 🙁 stanbul’da Ziverbey’de yaayan, kilosu nedeniyle mahallelinin ‘Tombili’ adn takt, kaldrm tana yaslanm pozuyla n Trkiye snrlarn da aan Ziverbey’in ‘bkn abisi’ yaam savanda yenik dt ve 1 Austosta hayatn kaybetti. #AnadoluKedisi #catsofinstagram #catsofistanbul #kedicidergisi #instacat #catandog #petsagram #hayvanlarburaya #catslover #kediak #cats #tombili #kedidelileri #kedi
Tombili’s many fans quickly decided the flyer wasn’t enough, and a petition was launched, calling on the city to create a statue so that the many smiles he brought could be preserved forever.
With over 17,000 supporters, the plan was approved, and the statue was erected.
The statue, officially unveiled on World Animal day, is already alleviating some of the loss felt by Tombili’s many friends – even the feline ones.