Meet Maru, the Japanese LOLCat

Maru, a Japanese pet cat with a personality to match his paunchy size, has become a feline phenomenon on the Interwebs with legions of fans and millions of views of his antics on YouTube. Furthermore, he is also the recipient of a 2008 YouTube video award. Why? Among other zany tendencies (like walking around with bubble wrap and brown paper bags around his head), Maru likes stalking and diving into empty boxes. I know, it doesn’t sound that compelling when explained, but like bowling it’s a lot more fun than it sounds. If you don’t believe me, just watch the original video that “cat”-apulted him into global stardom:

I’m deathly allergic to cats, but Maru is so freakin’ cute that I just want to pick him up and bury my face in his fur. The red eyes, runny nose, swelling in the throat would be almost worthwhile!

You can follow Maru on his own blog and on his always popular YouTube page.

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