Fans are in shock after a cute monkey with nearly 18 million TikTok followers died unexpectedly on Monday following a routine checkup at the dentist.
12 year old primate named George – Joe internet blew up Along with his box-opening skills and other startlingly anthropomorphic treats – he reportedly succumbed to complications from anesthesia.
Unknown Texas-based couple who had capuchin monkeys for 10 years share “devastating news” In a moving Tiktok statement With over 16.3 million views:
“George went to the vet for a routine checkup of his teeth,” he captioned the heartbreaking clip. “During this, there were complications with anesthesia, a protracted battle for his life began.”
The couple continued, “Through the fight, thousands of thoughts and prayers were sent to George with the hope that he would make it through. On June 7th at 4 p.m. Central, Georgie Boy passed away.
However, he reassured fans – he also claimed over a million followers On Instagram – that “Although George’s fun life is gone, his spirit of hope and love lives on. We love you, George.”
It marks a tragic end for the virulent primate, who originally joined the family as an emotional support animal for a member of the family who has a painful nervous disorder, Mirror reported. However, George quickly became an Internet sensation, when owners began chronicling his human-like skills at opening packages, which were often sent by his adoring fans.
In addition to opening the box, the clever monkey – as it was known. as”HereYour Monkey Stuff“Online – Filmed playing in a ball pit, smiling while eating popcorn in bed and trying to figure out how to plug in a light-up pole gifted to him by a Tik-Tok follower.
In an incredible clip with 5.6 million views, the curious capuchin can be seen working out where to put the keys in a small car he received from his owner.
Needless to say, George’s number of supporters was devastated by his loss.
“I’m not doing well,” wrote an inconsolable commenter on the video announcing his passing.
Another wrote, “Wait wait wait!!!! No! Me and my daughter looked at George all the time!! I’m so sorry !! Omg… it’s so sad.”
“It’s heartbreaking,” replied another devastated George fan on Instagram. “George was one of the brightest lights on this stage. He will be greatly missed.”