Nearly a hundred fans bid farewell to local celebrity cat “Tsim Tung Brother Cream” outside a convenience store in Tsim Sha Tsui on Wednesday.
No, the much-adored pet didn’t pass to the great beyond.
It’s just that the owner, Mr. Ko, has decided to close the shop where the cat has been residing for so many years because he could no longer afford the increasingly high rent, Apple Daily reports.
Ko broadcast the touching ceremony live via Facebook, with fans forming a long queue to have their pictures taken with the beloved feline, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
He assured his cat’s fans that they won’t be missing Tsim Tung Brother Cream for long as he is planning to open another cat-themed cafe somewhere, in time for a birthday party for the cat in August when he will turn 11 years old.
He also promised to host more live broadcasts of the popular pet in the near future.
Ko’s decision to close his Tsim Sha Tsui East store was a heart-wrenching one for many loyal followers who have been making regular visits to the establishment just to see the cat, which was often seen taking cozy naps.
Tsim Tung Brother Cream, a male British Shorthair cat, has become an internet sensation for the past few years. It’s been reported that he has nearly 110,000 followers on Facebook.
The cat’s fame shot up after he had gone missing in July 2012, sparking an online frenzy with fans eagerly posting notices calling for the public to help locate the cat.
Fans brought along many items to the farewell ceremony and posted pictures of the cat on their social media accounts.
Many said they will miss the store and its favorite mascot.
Ko opened the convenience store 15 years ago, but business has been on the decline since the closure of several nightclubs in the neighborhood.
With the cat’s immense popularity, however, Ko might as well benefit from it.
He revealed he would sell the image rights of Tsim Tung Brother Cream to the owner of noodle store chain Tam Jai Sam Gor Mixian, and he is in talks with other restaurants for possible advertising deals.
– Contact us at [email protected]