The Brief: Redditors are memorializing a bearded dragon lizard named Butter through memes.
Butter the bearded dragon memes took off after Reddit user GreeseMunkeeGamer posted photos of Butter to r/Memes with the caption: “Butter the bearded dragon is being put to sleep tomorrow because of a tumor, but maybe she can live on as a meme? It would really cheer up my wife. 👍”
Redditors quickly responded with a variety of Butter-themed memes, most of which are a riff on the Drake yes/no format.
The first panel of this meme features a “happy dragon” and the second has an even “happier dragon.” Redditors are using this wholesome meme format to pay their respects to Butters and to beloved pets everywhere, typing F in the chat.
Members of the r/memes subreddit were so smitten with Butter that they started a petition for mods to make Butter the page’s profile picture. Mods complied and Butter is now the official face of the Memes subreddit.
There does not appear to be a specific reason that Redditors are rallying around this lil lizard other than the fact that she is very cute and people want to honor and memorialize her through memes.
These memes welcome Butter to meme-heaven among many other beloved public figures and meme subjects.
A street lamp shining on bench meme: