Internet popular animals often occupy a unique position in parasitic interactions.
So it should come as no surprise that when some beloved and popular creatures died this year, many on the Internet were left heartbroken.
After all, many of these animals have become a source of joy and comfort (although most people didn’t know them personally).
Here’s a tribute to some of the iconic viral animals we’ve been missing out on in 2022.
Pot Roast was a black and white toothless cat who captured the internet’s heart with her calm personality, messy eating, and various health problems. It grew to prominence on the @PotRoastsMom account, where its owner, known publicly only as “PotRoast Mom,” introduced it to the world. The account had more than 1.2 million followers.
“When I saw Pot Rust this morning, I felt like she was done fighting, and though I wasn’t done fighting for her, I just let her go,” Pot Rust’s mother wrote after announcing the cat’s death. She added that Pot Rust died in her arms.
In the aftermath of Pot Roast’s death in February, Pot Roast’s mother was harassed and criticized for using jokes and dark humor to deal with the loss of her pet. This led to discussions about how followers on social media create social relationships with the people and animals they see online.
Since Pot Roast’s death, Pot Roast’s Mom has adopted two new cats: Soup and Cobone.
Noodle, the pug, entered the hearts of his millions of followers on TikTok after becoming the arbiter of the “bones or no bones” days.
Most mornings, Noodle’s owner, Jonathan Graziano, tucked him into the comfort of his bed. If Noodle stayed standing, it was “Bone Day,” meaning everyone had to treat themselves. If he just relaxed in his bed, it was a “no-bones” day, which meant everyone should be a little careful about the quality of their day.
From 2021 to 2022, Noodle became a TikTok superstar in his own right, even appearing on NBC’s “TODAY” show. Graziano wrote a children’s picture book starring Noodle, which was published in June.
Graziano declared Noodle dead on December 3. He was 14 years old.
Mochi was a bearded dragon that grew popular during the height of the quarantine in 2020. His popularity soared after his owner, Mina Alali, shared videos of him dressing in playful costumes and coming when called like a dog.
Al Alali credits Mochi with helping her grow her account to over 1.3 million followers.
Mochi was diagnosed with stomach cancer in late 2022 and died shortly after.
“He gave me a reason to smile. A reason to get up in the morning. I just adored him,” Alali said in a video posted in October, recalling Mochi’s life. “I still cry when I think of him.”
In the video, Alali revealed a tattoo of a mochi paw print on her rib cage.
“This grief will certainly continue for some time,” Alali said. Speaking to Mochi, she said, “I wish you were here, but it’s such a relief to know you’re no longer in pain.”
The P-22’s journey through the unforgiving highways of Los Angeles has led him to make his home in the hearts of both the city and its residents. A lone mountain lion has dominated Griffith Park for more than a decade, and many say it captures the spirit of the city.
The mountain lion was a terror to the neighborhood and other small pets, but the Angelenos and city officials defended its natural predatory instincts and accepted the reality of living so close to untamed nature.
His tragic death in December, which was described as euthanasia after years of failing health, was felt in the city and online.
In February, creator Brandon Tylers announced that his hairless guinea pig, Deb, had died. Dip has grown to popularity on TikTok with his bi-monthly coconut oil baths.
Tyler was using a brush to dip in the oil as he narrates the video and Depp’s dialogue.
In his February announcement, he addressed why Dip had not appeared in his content since around mid-January. “Sorry I didn’t tell you all,” Tyler wrote in the caption of a video discussing Depp’s death. “It’s been almost a month. I really miss her voice.”
As of December, the Tylers account appears to be no longer available on TikTok. It was not clear if TikTok or Tylers removed the account.