COMMERCE, Calif., Jan. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- With more than one million fans buzzing on social media and crowds storming to see her, Lil BUB is now ready to cuddle up with her fans at home. Cuddle Barn, the leading designer and manufacturer of animated plush creations, brings this adorable kitten to homes everywhere with the debut of the Lil BUB plush at Toy Fair 2014 in New York City, February 16 – 19.
The announcement follows exciting news for Lil BUB who is appearing on the hugely popular Puppy Bowl, now celebrating its tenth anniversary on Animal Planet. Lil BUB will check in throughout the game from her Chicago studio. She is also featured in an all-new show for the network – Lil BUB's Special Special on February 8th – featuring Lil BUB and special 'bubbysitter,' Amy Sedaris set to chaperone a slumber party with Lil BUB's wild assortment of friends.
Lil BUB, the female cat known for her 'perma-kitten' appearance, ever-protruding tongue and magic filled eyes, is the newest feline sensation – one of the biggest animal celebrities in the world. Inspiring and bringing overwhelming joy to her fans with her quiet, against-all-odds approach to life, Lil BUB is the Internet's heroic little "under-cat" with a dedicated and rapidly-growing fan base of 619,000+ Facebook friends, 328,000 Instagram followers, over 98,000 YouTube subscribers, and more than 30,000 Twitter followers.
It all began when her owner, Michael Bridavsky, posted photos to Tumblr that then took off after being featured on the social news website reddit, and shortly thereafter on Buzzfeed, Good Morning America, The View and Today. Her story became the subject for the award-winning Lil Bub & Friendz, a documentary that won the Tribeca Online Film Festival Best Feature Film. This past Fall, she also debuted her first book Lil BUB's Lil BOOK. Her new web series, "Lil BUB's Big SHOW" has stolen the Internet's heart and taken over the late night scene.
Lil BUB Plush
Now Lil BUB's fans can share her joy for life as they snuggle up to their favorite feline right at home! Made of soft plush, this feline idol is just as cuddly as her fans can imagine. With her big green eyes and world famous tongue poking out, this celebri-cat makes the puuurfect companion! Lil BUB will retail for approximately $24.99 and will be available in April for ages three and up.
Lil BUB Charity
The adorable, loveable Lil BUB is leveraging her celebrity to advocate for homeless and special needs pets all over the universe. To date, she has raised over $80,000 for various charities. In keeping with Lil BUB's charitable efforts, Cuddle Barn will be donating a portion of the proceeds to the Best Friends Animal Society. Best Friends Animal Society is the only national nonprofit animal welfare organization focused exclusively on ending the killing of dogs and cats in America's shelters.
About Best Friends Animal Society®
Best Friends Animal Society is the only national animal welfare organization focused exclusively on ending the killing of dogs and cats in America's shelters. An authority and leader in the no-kill movement since its founding in 1984, Best Friends runs the nation's largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals, as well as life-saving programs in partnership with rescue groups and shelters across the country. Since its founding, Best Friends has helped reduce the number of animals killed in shelters from 17 million per year to 4 million. Best Friends has the knowledge, technical expertise and on-the-ground network to end the killing and Save Them All®.
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