A Beginner's Guide to Viral Animal Celebrities

Here’s a scenario that can be particularly embarrassing to animal lovers: You’re standing around the water cooler and your co-workers can’t stop laughing about a depressed cat named Henri. They’re spouting off joke after joke and you’re feeling a little depressed yourself because you have no idea what they’re talking about and can’t chime in. In fact, you’re a little concerned about this poor cat and think your co-workers are actually being mean and cruel. Then you find out Henri is from a viral video that everyone but you has known about for weeks.

Don't feel bad if this has happened to you, there are so many furry and feathered Internet stars out there that it's hard to keep track of them all. To avoid future embarrassment, or if you just need a quick refresher, here is an introduction to the A-list Internet animal celebrities.


Why he's famous: He's hands-down the world's cutest dog. Where you've heard his name: Since he launched his Facebook page in 2009, Boo has amassed over 5 million fans. He's made appearances on the talk show circuit, stars in 2 books, and you can even find a plush version of him in toy stores. That's not all; as you can see from the video above, he also was just named the pet liaison for Virgin America. His fame doesn't come without controversy though; the tech website All Things D claims that the adorable Pomeranian is owned by a Facebook employee who used her insider information to make Boo go viral.

Stay up-to-date: To see the world's cutest dog's latest adventures be sure to 'Like' him on Facebook.


Why he's famous: The adorable Scottish Fold has never met a box he didn't like. Where you've heard his name: Maru is a YouTube sensation. Since appearing on YouTube four years ago, the box-loving feline has garnered over 172 million video views and 230,000 subscribers. With his talent for squeezing into tiny boxes, it's no surprise that he also has a book — I Am Maru. Published in 2011, the book was written by his "human roommate" Mugumogu and reveals that the feline loves tuna and sasami and prefers to hang out in in the bathroom sink.

Stay up-to-date: To catch up on Maru’s latest antics, check out his blog and his Twitter handle is, @Maru_0524.


Why he's famous: This Jack Russell Terrier is one helpful canine — he does his owner's household chores with a smile. Where you've heard his name: Jesse is another YouTube star with over 35,000 subscribers and more than 25 million video views. He also was recently crowned Good Morning America's Top Dog and has starred in numerous commercials and TV shows.

Stay up-to-date: You can keep up with Jesse’s latest tricks and acting gigs on her blog, Just Jesse the Jack.


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