Those among us lucky enough to be surrounded by loving friends and family at the end of our lives have nothing on a cat named Tama.
Three thousand people attended her funeral!
Tama the cat, who died of heart failure at age 16 (that’s about 80 in human years) is credited with saving a Japanese railway line from financial ruin.
The former stray was appointed stationmaster of the rural Kishi station in 2007 and became a tourist attraction, pulling the station out of debt.
She worked her way up the ladder and was eventually named a vice president of the rail firm. Because of her dedication to the job during her life, Tama earned the posthumous status of a Shinto goddess.
Nine lives certainly well spent ...
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