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Meet Stumpy: The Tragic Viral Sensation Taking Over The Internet

NPR is reporting that 158 of Washington DC's famous cherry blossom trees will be removed after this year's blooming season.

Group of people admiring cherry blossoms by a pond, viewed through a frame of blossom branches
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The trees are being removed to rebuild seawalls around the Tidal Basin, which currently floods twice daily.

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One such tree has made quite an impression on the people of DC.

Damaged tree by water with Washington Monument in the background
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That tree's name is "Stumpy."

Cherry blossom tree by water with the Washington Monument in the background
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Stumpy has become quite the celeb.

People watching and photographing a blooming tree, indicating the start of spring
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The tree is constantly surrounded by paparazzi.

Twitter: @Miss_Placed_

People leave Stumpy flowers.

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They're leaving cards.

Twitter: @dcpl

There's even a mascot.

Person in a tree costume named "Stumpy" standing by cherry blossoms with another individual walking by
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Unfortunately, time is running out for the little tree, and people are saying their goodbyes.

Twitter: @kreadstoomuch

Last respects are being paid.

Twitter: @Bdautch

As this person said, "May Stumpy's memory forever be a blessing."

Twitter: @WhyBlitz

Xoxo.

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