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Many left paper notes on Tombili’s favorite bench, such as this loving one translated on Reddit: “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.” But paper wouldn’t be able to withstand time and weather. With the support of 17,000 signatures, a petition was passed to erect a bronze statue of Tombili, so his spirit could lounge on in his favorite spot of Istanbul.

Today, the statue was revealed for the public—including the humans who called him their friend and pet, as well as other curious felines of the area—to pay their respects to Tombili, who will forever be one cool cat.


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