Smoke and Frost, separated too soon.
May 13, 2013 9:56 AM   Subscribe

Fum, the feline half of the Internet-famous cat/owl duo Fum and Gebra, passed away on May 4 from renal obstruction due to feline urologic syndrome. He was three human years old.

Fum & Gebra met in May 2010 when they were one month old. Fum is a Catalan name that means “smoke”. Gebra is an Andalucian owl (Tyto Alba) whose name comes from the Catalan “Gebre”, for “frost”.

Fum and Gebra's YouTube channels (1 | 2) | The Guardian | National Geographic [YT]

Text of the announcement, for those of you not on Facebook:

It’s really sad for us to write it, but we feel that F&G’s followers must know about what happened some days ago.
Last May 4, Fum passed away. Veterinarians could not save him from a renal obstruction (feline urologic syndrome - FUS). Fum deeply enjoyed in the country during his three years of life (should equal to 28 years for humans)
This page has been, since its beginning, a place of joy and will go on being so. Most of us, followers, have understood the love and friendship example that Fum and Gebra have been giving us.
Their message is our most rich legacy. They have been able to show us, humans, that love and friendship are the most valuable treasures we can get. Fum and Gebra told this story their way, as if they were telling a tale.
Our loved ones go away, we know that every life has its beginning and its end, but also it’s true that real essences are immortals. All those who face their lives with courage and bravery are deeply wishing their light will survive. Fum and Gebra’s example has been so touching for our souls that will remain in our hearts forever.
Though somebody thought that Fum could have injured Gebra, he was always most respectful with her. We feel he loved her. Now Gebra will fly higher and higher to reach with her feathers’ caresses his friend Fum, who is in heaven.
We thank you all for your support and fondness in these difficult moments. Hope you will understand we’ll keep silence during some time. Fum fully reached his goal, he taught us a most important lesson, maybe it was the time for him to die.
Some day we will return, together, to the valley of the flowery almond trees.
posted by mykescipark (17 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
posted by Nat "King" Cole Porter Wagoner at 10:18 AM on May 13, 2013

posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 10:19 AM on May 13, 2013 [4 favorites]

Ugh, I just had a cat pass away too early recently. Well, "too early" inasmuch as 12 years is far too little time to spend with a close friend like that.

For some reason, looking at these pictures of a totally-differently-looking cat and her best friend owl have me all wet-eyed at work.

Man, cats are jerks, dying on you and such.

posted by Imperfect at 10:40 AM on May 13, 2013 [9 favorites]

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posted by Zarkonnen at 11:00 AM on May 13, 2013

posted by dlugoczaj at 11:01 AM on May 13, 2013

posted by radwolf76 at 11:18 AM on May 13, 2013


black cats is best cats
posted by desjardins at 11:18 AM on May 13, 2013 [8 favorites]

posted by bilabial at 11:41 AM on May 13, 2013

posted by kinnakeet at 11:46 AM on May 13, 2013

Awww shit. Sad news indeed.

posted by flyingsquirrel at 11:47 AM on May 13, 2013

posted by flyingsquirrel at 11:55 AM on May 13, 2013

posted by Potomac Avenue at 1:05 PM on May 13, 2013

A short life, but it looked like a merry one.

Goodnight, sweet catta! (Although I do wonder if that owl is now just a bit... relieved.)
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord at 8:14 PM on May 13, 2013

posted by ivan ivanych samovar at 10:37 PM on May 13, 2013

Fum was a beautiful cat. A . for Fum, best wishes to his family (and especially poor Gebra).
posted by barnacles at 2:04 AM on May 14, 2013

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