(BLOOMINGTON) - Lil Bub's has more than 20,000 facebook fans, a line of T-shirts and plans for a TV appearance. Lil Bub is a cat, who Mike Bridavsky, of Bloomington adopted a year ago.
But she's not just any cat, she suffers from dwarfism, has extra toes and was born without teeth, so her tongue usually hangs out and her eyes bulge.
Buzzfeed describes her as nature's happy accident who will win your heart. Weighing in at just 4.5 pounds, Lil Bub has her limits. She falls often and stumbles when she walks, so Bridavsky carries her from room to room. But those distinctions might contribute to her fame.
"It's just about looking different," Bridavsky says. "Different doesn't have to be ugly or weird and, in some cases, can be way more interesting and adorable than everyone looking the same. It's about not judging people on their appearances."
Lil Bub's size certainly sends a message -- the public response alone qualifies it.
Bridavsky says it also defines it. He's not sure if she's changing the world, but she is making a difference.
"I'm not actively ever going to seek out making her more famous or anything," he says. "But I do think she has a good message, and it's really nice to see the positive response."
The public alone will determine Lil Bub's public prevalence.
Bridavsky's just the owner. Lil Bub's just a cat.
While urban legends say most cats have nine lives, Lil Bub might only live to the age of 3.
She's about 1 year old, but she might later experience medical complications
related to dwarfism.
Bridavsky says saying goodbye might be the hardest part.
"It's just different. It's Bub," Bridavsky says. "You have to be around her every day for a few years to really get her personality. She's just a different cat."
To find Lil Bud on facebook visit http://www.facebook.com/iambublog
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