The Brief: Redditors are memorializing a bearded dragon lizard named Butter through memes.

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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. 👍”

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. 👍
byu/GreeseMunkeeGamer inmeme

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.

The dragon loves on
byu/ImAPegesus indankmemes

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.

Petition to make Butter the r/memes Profile pic
by inmemes

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.

This is for you.
byu/cheekynoodlez inwholesomememes

Made with love
by indankmemes

He’s happy with either one
byu/Scythekid96 inmemes

These memes welcome Butter to meme-heaven among many other beloved public figures and meme subjects.

Come join us, Butter
byu/weirdbokoblin inmemes

Rip butter <3
byu/NASA66 inmemes

Rest in peace little lizard man
byu/SneeperPeeper inmemes

We love you Butter
byu/A55EAT3R inmemes

Positivity for Butter ❤️
byu/Roentrographicphoto inmemes

F for our fallen comrade.
by inmemes

Rest in peace lizard bro
by inmemes

A street lamp shining on bench meme:

Another F for Butter
byu/hotpocketfullofbees inmemes