Grape-kun, the world-famous Humboldt penguin from Tobu Zoo in Saitama Prefecture, Japan, reportedly passed away. He was widely known around the globe for having a 2D cardboard cutout “waifu” inside his enclosure.
The sad news was relayed online by Tobu Zoo’s official Twitter account on October 12.
“Humboldt penguin ‘s grape died yesterday. Thank you very much for everyone who supported us so far. Also, thanks to Flür who watched Grape through to the end,” the zoo wrote in Japanese but translated through Google Translate.
— 東武動物公園【公式】リュウくん (@tobuzoo7) October 13, 2017
Many netizens from around the globe were pretty saddened by the news. A lot of them poured their heartwarming condolences on Twitter after it broke out.
GRAPE KUN DIED IM LEGITIMATELY CRYING ITS SO SAD
— juani♡ (@smolestwaifu) October 13, 2017
— Sympathetic Poetry🌐 (@jerrysaen) October 13, 2017
— chero666 (@chero666) October 13, 2017
— Darkshotgun (@Darkshotgun77) October 13, 2017
May we all be as lucky in our final moments, RIP Grapekun
— Little Demon Nico 🎃 (@25sPapa) October 13, 2017
— Gallop-a-Gus (@ajnrules) October 13, 2017
waifus out for grape kun
— 👻 spookster 👻꒳ｴℕ꒯z (@WindMaster760) October 13, 2017
— Chelisween (@chelis714) October 13, 2017
Rest In Peace Grape kun…you taught me how to love 2D again 😢😢😢
— 👻👻Spooky Bitch👻👻 (@Warspite_Kai) October 13, 2017
— A. Wendel (@anthonywendel) October 13, 2017
my boy grape kun is cuddling with his penguin waifu in heaven
RIP little man pic.twitter.com/YIHEbHggy4
— Knaygro Dumplins (@KnaygroDumplins) October 13, 2017
Good Bye Grape kun
Credits: Roonhee pic.twitter.com/7gizWOPoXB
— AskinPLZ (@HydreWikia) October 13, 2017
Grape-kun became an internet sensation in April 2017 when photos of him staring at a 2D cardboard cutout of Hululu from “Kemono Friends” surfaced online, taken by Twitter user Sisukaton.
The penguin’s rise to fame didn’t end there. Just a few days after his photos went viral, Tobu Zoo sent out its own photo with a caption describing how Grape-kun stared at the 2D cardboard since the early morning of April 25, as noted on Know Your Meme.
It implied that Grape-kun fell in love with Hululu, the anthropomorphic penguin character from the anime series. However, the Humboldt penguin had gone through a terribly rough patch in September after Tobu Zoo removed his waifu from his enclosure due to a storm.
Unfortunately, the zoo did not disclose any further details regarding Grape-kun’s death.
Featured Image via Twitter / @sisukaton