Sevgili Tombili'nin Heykeli Hayvanları Koruma Günü'nde Açıldı

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CNN - Kadiköy'de kaldırım taşında verdiği pozla fenomen olan, 1 Ağustos'ta aramızdan ayrılan sevgili Tombili'nin heykeli 4 Ekim Hayvanları Koruma Günü'nde açıldı. 

Anadolu Kedisi tarafından Change.org’da Tombili'nin heykelinin yapılması için düzenlediği kampanyaya 17 bin imza atılmıştı. Bıçkın kedinin heykelinin yapılması talebine olumlu yanıt veren Kadıköy Belediyesi çalışmalara başlamıştı.

Heykeltıraş Seval Şahin tarafından gönüllü olarak yapılan heykel geçtiğimiz günlerde tamamlandı ve Ziverbey’in kaldırımlarında unutulmaz pozunu verdiği yere dikildi.

Mahalle muhtarı Harika Develioğlu, "Çok mutluyuz, sevilen bir kediydi. Mahallemizin maskotuydu. Mahallemizde çok fazla kedi var. Ama bu bir maskottu. Ben günlük 70-80 hayvan besliyorum. 5 tane köpeğim var, kedilerim var" diye konuştu. 



Independent - ‘Tombili’, a rotund cat beloved by Istanbul’s Ziverbey neighbourhood, has been commemorated by the city authorities after local demand for a tribute to his memory. 

Tombili - a Turkish word often used for chubby pets - was known by residents of Ziverbey, part of the district of Kadıköy, for his nonchalant demeanour towards people who wanted to play with him.

The cat became world famous earlier this year after a photo of him reclining in one of his favourite spots on the pavement was shared thousands of times on social media.

Many users edited the image with jokey captions or Photoshopped glasses of alcohol or other vices in front of him.

The cat found fame late in life, dying in August after a mystery month-long illness, Hurriyet News reported his owners as saying.

Flyers around the neighbourhood mourning his loss reading, “You will live on in our hearts, mascot of our street” appeared before the idea for a more permanent tribute took hold.

A change.org petition which gathered 17,000 signatures asked for Kadıköy Municipality to officially commemorate Tombili’s contribution to public life, and local sculptor Seval Şahin agreed to make a bronze sculpture recreating the cat’s famous pose.

The statue was inaugurated on October 4, World Animal Day. Hundreds of people came to pay their respects, leaving candles, cat food and flowers. The event was covered by Turkish TV.

At the ceremony, Kadıköy deputy mayor Başar Necipoğlu thanked the animal lovers of the area for making the memorial possible.


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