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Bingus is a hairless Sphynx cat that originated from a video in which he is pet while staring at his owner. Attracting attention on Instagram in March 2020, Bingus’ popularity exploded in September after he appeared in a viral Reddit post, which later resulted in online users referring to all Sphynx's as "Bingus."

Origin[]

At an unknown point, a video surfaced of a person stretching and scrunching the skin of a male Sphynx cat. On November 7th, 2020, Redditor Odd-Ad-8224 claimed to have found the identity of the cat in the /r/Bingus.[11] They wrote:

I found a still from the original(unless it was reposted from another account) video from Douyin ( 抖音 )! The username is Lelemaoshe!! Sorry it's very likely you can't find Bingus's owner on instagram or twitter because they are (seemingly) from China. I would try Weibo or BilliBilli and see what you come up with! Although, I couldn't find anything but again I don't speak Chinese.

I don't have TikTok so I'm not sure if you can access Douyins there as well? Maybe y'all can try!! Douyin is the same as TikTok, just in China (they have the same company!)

The earliest found instance of the video comes from an Instagram[1] post by user subarusocks on March 22nd (shown below). The video gained over 1,600 views in seven months. The next day, Instagram[2] user big_chungles reposted the video and received more than 27,000 views in the same period. The cat was dubbed "Bingus" as early as June 9th, with multiple comments on big_chungles’ post reading "hi bingus."

Currently, the bingus meme is mainly provided by bingus.official on Instagram who has built the community up on a foundation of love and support as to give the name of Bingus a good reputation. The account had amassed 100k+ followers and continues to expand upon the community.

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