NPR's Accidental Cat Post Went Viral & The Internet Has So Many Questions About "Ramona" Now
Yesterday was a terrible day. I mean, most days these days are terrible, but yesterday was particularly awful due to the multiple, large-scale tragedies affecting the world. But amidst all the horror, there was one glimmer of light: Ramona. Who is Ramona? Honestly, we don’t really know. But, in what might just be the cutest social media update of all time, she (he? They? It? Who knows!) made a surprise appearance on NPR’s Facebook page on Monday — and although the post, which has sadly since been deleted, left us with more questions than answers, Twitter is in agreement that it is exactly what we needed in order to help us cope.
The post originally appeared somewhere around 10 p.m. on Monday night, reading simply as follows:
Ramona is given a new toy: Smiles, examines for 20 seconds, discards.
Ramona gets a hug: Acquiesces momentarily, squirms to be put down.
Ramona sees three cats 30 feet away: Immediately possessed by shrieking, spasmodic joy that continues after cats flee for their lives.
However, I would argue that the primary question that arises from this status isn't actually, “Who is Ramona?” It's, “What is Ramona?” Is Ramona a small child? A baby? A toddler? Is Ramona another cat? A dog? Something else? (Ramona Flowers, perhaps?) Personally, I am of the opinion that Ramona is a small human child, rather than a cat, mostly because by my experience, cats do not generally “acquiesce” to hugs (source: I have two). But whatever the answer may actually be, this status is delightful — and, like many others, I would like to hear more about Ramona.
The post was, of course, a mistake; not long after it went live, the post was edited to state that it was meant for a personal account, not NPR’s official Facebook page… but even the edit suffered from some adorable issues:
I’m not really sure how one “indents” something for a personal account, but whatever. Somehow, the fact that the edit required yet another edit just makes me love the whole thing more.
NPR hasn't yet commented on the Ramona saga save from the edit on the original post; for the curious, here’s what it looked like as of 10:37 a.m. ET on Tuesday morning:
But despite the fact that Ramona vanished from NPR’s Facebook page seemingly as quickly as she appeared, Twitter hasn’t forgotten about her (the internet, after all, is forever) — and there is quite the movement calling for updates on the Ramona situation. There’s even a hashtag: #ramonaupdates.
Here is a small smattering of what folks have been saying:
1. Bring Back Ramona!
I mean, in some ways, Ramona has been the best thing about the entirety of 2017.
2. How About An Interview?
3. We've All Been There
Well, maybe not exactly there — not all of us have ever had access to a large news organization's expansive social media feed — but we've been somewhere similar: Posting something on a personal page we didn't mean to, butt dialing someone, butt texting someone, and so on and so forth. My point is, the Ramona saga is as relateable as it is adorable.
4. It's Kismet
Maybe Ramona is the universe's way of telling us that it's here for us if we need it.
5. What About Merch?
Raise your hand if you want a "RAMONA LIVES" tote.
6. A Very Important Question
Either situation would be fine.
7. Many Thanks
As the youths might say, "#Bless."
8. Three Cheers For Ramona's Parents
I fully support this motion.
9. Sorry Not Sorry
Ramona is the last thing in the world that anyone needs to apologize for.
10. Inquiring Minds Want To Know!
Soon? Please? Maybe?
11. The Healing Power Of Laughter
It does indeed.
12. More, Please And Thank You
The people have spoken.
13. Cast Your Vote
For the curious, "Child" is currently winning with 80 percent of the vote.
14. Bringing Us All Together
In this time of great sorrow, we band together under the banner of Ramona.