Most of you have seen the longcat meme but not everyone knows who the longcat is.
Longcat, who’s real name is Shiro-chan, but is referenced to as “Nobiko,” the Japanese translated of “longcat.” Shiro-chan took the internet by storm in 2006. Shiro-chan rose to fame when an image of the white feline reportedly stood at 65cm from head to toe. Eventually, Shiro-chan came to be known as Longcat, according to Know Your Meme.
The news of Nobikos passing comes for a Hong Kong Journalist, Kris Cheng, who has written articles for The Washing Post. According to Shiro-chan’s owner, they discovered the feline at home being very lethargic and was taken to the vet immediately. Sadly, Shiro-chan was too ill to undergo any X-Rays and just a few hours later, passed away. Shiro-chan’s owners are coping with the loss as best they can, and so is the internet who are mourning the meme legendary.
RIP, Shiro-chan. We’ll miss you and your extraordinary length. Say “hi” to Grumpy Cat and Lil Bub, for the world.
1. The original Japanese tweet announcing the news of Shiro-chan’s passing:
— isabella steger (@stegersaurus) September 20, 2020
16. The image that made Shiro-chan meme worthy and famous:
18. A few of the hilarious images that followed:
29. RIP, Longcat. We’ll miss you.