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R.I.P. Tama

Sad news from Japan: Tama the Stationmaster Cat, who supervised the Kishi Station of the Wakayama Electric Railway, has died. She worked at the station since 2007. We featured Tama in 2007, 2008, and 2010. Tama served as a loyal employee of the railroad for eight years, and is credited with revitalizing the station and bringing in tons of money. She passed away Wednesday, June 24th from heart failure. Tama was 16 years old, which would be in the 80s in cat years. See a tribute to Tama in pictures at Atlas Obscura. -Thanks, Eric!  

(Photo: Takobou/Wikimedia)

Update 6/28/15: At her Shinto funeral today, Tama was elevated to goddess. She also received a posthumous promotion from the railroad company to "ultrastationmaster."

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