As most of us know, a lot of the characters we love in comics, cartoons, movies and animation are inspired by or directly modeled after the animals or people they try to depict.
Rocket Raccoon from “The Guardians Of The Galaxy” fame is no exception. The gun totting character we’ve seen in several Marvel films was modeled after a raccoon named Oreo.
You might remember him from the Red Carpet premier of The Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 1 with Director James Gunn.
Today, after 10 years of life, Oreo passed away. Here is the Eulogy shared on The Guardians Of The Galaxy Facebook Page:
“We have only the saddest news today.
Our hearts are broken as we have lost our best friend, our Guardian of our Galaxy Mr Oreo Raccoon.
Oreo passed away in the early hours of this morning after a very short illness. Many thanks to our wonderful vets for their compassion and care.
Oreo you made so many people’s lives happy. You have been an amazing ambassador for raccoons everywhere.
You loved all people of all ages and other animals too and were never phased by anything be it a walk down the red carpet as Rocket Raccoon, a trip to a hospice to visit a sick child or anything else that came your way. You just enjoyed everything and it showed.
You instinctively knew when to calm, when to be bouncy and we never worried that you would do the wrong thing because you never did.
You were perfect.
It’s 10 years since you arrived in our lives. We had that phone call whilst in the theatre in London to say you had been born but could we have you now as your mother had no milk.
We whizzed back up the motorway and spent hours trying to get you and your siblings to drink from a bottle. We chose you because you were strong and took the formula first little knowing then that you would be such an inspiring animal who would make people from all over the World happy.
This is so hard special little man, we wanted you to live forever but never as you have been the last few days.
Have fun up there over the Rainbow Bridge my darling. I hope, no I know they will all love you as much as we do. We will miss you so, so much.
Fly high Oreo, our super hero, love you lots like jelly tots.
Rest In Peace Oreo. You will be remembered!