Tama, the cat who was the beloved cap-wearing stationmaster at a remote Japanese rail station, has died at the age of 16.
The former stray was the only employee — human, animal or otherwise — at the rural Kishi station and, after maintaining her post for eight years, she was described as the most famous cat in Japan, The Guardian reports.
More than 3,000 people attended her funeral, many of them bringing gifts of flowers or a perhaps less-traditional offering of canned tuna. Mitsunobu Kojima, the president of the Wakayama Electric Railway, is one of many who credited Tama with saving the impoverished station by attracting an ever-increasing number of passengers.
“It was truly an honor to have been able to work with her,” Kojima told The Guardian.
Another famous cat who recently passed away was Tiffany Two; she was the world’s oldest cat.