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Pay $100 to Meet Celebrity Cat Lil BUB at the Museum of the Moving Image

 Famous cat Lil BUB and her owner Mike Bridravsky.
Famous cat Lil BUB and her owner Mike Bridravsky.
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Courtesy Mike Bridravsky

ASTORIA — Internet cat celebrity Lil BUB will be in the neighborhood later this month as part of a local fundraiser to benefit special needs pets at the Museum of the Moving Image.

Fans will be able to meet — and pet — the famous feline, who is known for her big eyes and a tongue that's constantly hanging out, the result of "a multitude of genetic anomalies," according to her website.

On Jan. 30 starting at 1 p.m., Lil BUB and her owner will participate in an hour-long program at the museum called "The Story of Lil BUB" in which they'll recount the unusual cat's rise to fame. Tickets are $25.

A limited number of $100 tickets will also be available, which will include access to the "The Story of Lil BUB" as well as a meet-and-greet fundraiser at 4 p.m., where proceeds will go to an ASPCA fund that benefits homeless pets with special needs.

Those who buy the fundraiser ticket will get to meet, pet and take a photo with Lil BUB, and will also get a personalized art print and "signed" photo from her, according to the museum.

In addition to Lil BUB, a number of other cats will be at the museum that day: the ASPCA will have its mobile adoption unit parked out front from 1 to 5 p.m., filled with pets looking for a home.

The events are part of the Museum of the Moving Image's current exhibit, "How Cats Took Over the Internet," which explores the phenomenon of cats on the web. It will be on view through Feb. 21.