From spokes animals to weathermen to internet memes, these five famous animals show us that fame can come in any form.
Morris the Cat
The famous “spokescat” first appeared in a 1968 commercial for 9Lives cat food. Known as “the world’s most finicky cat,” Morris starred in the cat food commercials for 10 years and continues to be the face of the brand. Every can of cat food features his “signature.” Like the original Morris, every subsequent cat who has played the role has been a rescue or shelter cat.
In 2006, Morris was depicted as adopting a kitten, Li’l Mo, from a Los Angeles animal shelter, representing the first adoptee in a campaign known as Morris’s Million Cat Rescue. The current Morris lives in Los Angeles with his handler, Rose Odile.
Dolly the Sheep
Dolly is famous for being the first animal ever cloned from the cell of another adult animal. Born in 1996, Dolly lived at the Roslin Institute in Scotland. She was constantly studied by scientists keen to learn how a cloned animal develops. Unfortunately, it was discovered that she was aging at an accelerated rate, and developed arthritis at the age of five.
After her untimely death at only six years old, she was stuffed and put on display at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh where you can visit her today. In her short lifetime, she had six children who all developed normally.
Probably the most famous weatherman in the country, for the last 120 years Punxsutawney Phil has poked his head out every year on Groundhog Day to predict the coming of spring. Every year on February 2nd, Phil is brought in front of a crowd and compelled to tell the world how much longer we have to endure the cold winter weather.
The rest of the year, Phil and his wife, called Phyllis, of course, is cared for by a club called the Inner Circle. The group claims to have a special beverage called “Groundhog Punch” which they give to Phil to extend his life. The club’s President claims that he can speak “groundhogese” allowing him to understand Phil.
Grumpy Cat became an internet sensation after the owner posted her photo on the website Reddit back in 2012. When she was accused of using photoshop, she posted a few videos on YouTube to prove that the grumpy face is authentic. The videos went viral and the unsuspecting kitty became an internet superstar. She now has over 2.3 million followers on Instagram.
In addition to her fame as an internet meme, her empire now includes books, T-shirts, and a whole line of other merchandise. She’s even starred in a movie! The cat, whose real name is Tardar Sauce, or Tard for short, is a perfectly normal cat who just happens to have a famous face. That face is believed to be the result of feline dwarfism, which causes the grumpy look.
According to her owners, she’s just the opposite. They say, “She is a super cute and cuddly kitty who loves to be held and rubbed!”
Bub’s owner calls her a “the most amazing cat on the planet” and it’s easy to see why. The adorable kitty’s wide-eyed look is caused by a birth defect that left her without teeth, causing her tongue to hang out of her mouth.
She was born with several genetic abnormalities that will keep her permanently kitten-like, including dwarfism, osteoporosis, and polydactylism — a condition that gives her extra toes on each paw. Despite these physical challenges, Bub’s owner says she’s a healthy cat with a positive attitude. That attitude has earned her an incredible 1.6 million followers on Instagram.
Bub has just released her first book, Lil Bub’s Lil Book, and her public appearances have helped raise over $300,000 for the ASPCA’s fund for special needs cats.
Keep your camera close and your Instagram up to date, the next famous animal could be yours!