Beatrice, the orphaned Kentucky beaver who captured the hearts of the nation, has died.
The internet heartthrob died suddenly over the weekend at a Kentucky veterinarian center, officials with the Kentucky Wildlife Center said.
According to her keepers, Beatrice was her healthy sassy self during a Saturday evening feeding, but took a turn for the worse Saturday night.
“Even though our story of our beloved baby beaver has taken such a terrible turn, there are still many more sick, injured, and orphaned animals that will need our help. The best way we could possibly honor Beatrice is by helping as many animals as we can,” officials at the nonprofit said.
The baby beaver rose to stardom last month after the Kentucky Wildlife Center posted several photos of her to social media.
Beatrice was left without a family after her home was destroyed.
She showed up at the nonprofit tiny and sickly, the nonprofit said, and the internet watched as she was nursed back to health.
“Beavers are very attached to their families. It has been said that an orphan baby beaver can die of a broken heart when it loses its entire family,” officials with the Kentucky Wildlife Center said. “Orphans need lots of care and reassurance as they adjust to the rehabilitation setting.”
Through her journey, Beatrice gained quite the social media following, blossoming into the area’s newest internet starlet.