Feline love is real and proving this as true is Steve Munt: a retired owner of a furball named Pikachu who was recently cremated after fighting a long battle with diabetes. And while burying long-gone four-leggeds’ is a path often resorted to by pet parents, Munt has opted for the off beaten instead by deciding to send the remains of the furry cat up into space.
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Pikachu was one of Munt’s seven cats that he had adopted post retirement and was also his favorite of them all. The cat’s one-of-its-kind space cremation will be organized in association with Celestial Pets – an organization that has previously arranged for similar cremations on the earth’s orbit. As per reports, Pikachu’s space ticket costs a whopping $5000 with Munt currently raising funds for the same via a campaign on GoFundMe. He also confirmed that the launch of his feline’s remains will take place sometime in the next 18 months.
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Commenting further on the cremation, Munt in a statement to Space.com said, “I wanted Pikachu to be the first, continue his legacy as an explorer and show the world that a cat is just as worthy as a dog of a special tribute.” He further added, “Pikachu is a hero, and I am honoring him as such.” The doting owner also referred to his cat as the best on GoFundme and in a message appealed: “We will always look up to him, and he will remain in our hearts forever. Together, we can all make him proud.”