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This Dad Accidentally Posted An Adorable Story About His Baby On NPR's Facebook Page

"Maybe Ramona is what everyone needed today."

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The post read:

Ramona is given a new toy: Smiles, examines for 20 seconds, discards.

Ramona gets a hug: Acquiesces momentarily, squirms to be put down.

Ramona sees three cats 30 feet away: Immediately possessed by shrieking, spasmodic joy that continues after cats flee for their lives.

The post soon went super viral because, let's be honest, how could it NOT?

Npr just oopsie posted the cutest thing ever. #Ramona #NPR #BestMistakePostEver

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People were totally smitten with Ramona, and said the story was the best part of their day.

You are so adorable @NPR. This seriously gave me the best lol today, which I needed. Please don’t fire Ramona’s hum… https://t.co/l3NZi8Hrv4

They couldn't handle the cuteness!

Forgetting to switch from the work account to personal is my worst nightmare, but this was adorable. #NPR #Ramona

They also were like, "Same," in regards to the cats. "I identify so strongly with Ramona," said one person.

This is so @NPR. I identify so strongly with Ramona. #ramonaupdates #thisisnpr

"Tag urself I'm Ramona when she sees three cats 30 feet away."

@aniwarrichampi @NPR tag urself I'm ramona when she sees three cats 30 feet away

People were clamoring for Ramona updates! Especially on the biggest debate: is Ramona a human child, or another cat?

.@NPR, readers demand to know if Ramona is going to get a cat. Or, plot twist, is Ramona also a cat? #ramonaupdates

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Very scientific polls were conducted.

Is @NPR's now-edited "Ramona" post about a cat or a human child? #RamonaUpdates

But no matter what, they were still Ramona stans. "Please, @NPR, please let #Ramona be named after Ramona Quimby. Girl, cat, whatever - strong, independent, just a little mischievous," wrote one woman.

Please, @NPR, please let #Ramona be named after Ramona Quimby. Girl, cat, whatever - strong, independent, just a li… https://t.co/VWuUmGlFS7

Unfortunately, our Ramona joy was short-lived. NPR soon deleted the post, and with it, our hearts.

NPR / Facebook / Via Facebook: NPR

"EDIT: This post was intended for a personal account. We apologize for the error," it wrote.

People were so sad. "Justice for Ramona!"

@allisonmpreiss @NPR They took it down. Justice for Ramona!

"Sad @NPR took down this post. It was literally the only news that made me smile rather than cry today. I request a new Ramona blog!" said one fan.

Sad @NPR took down this post. It was literally the only news that made me smile rather than cry today. I request… https://t.co/0YDyCiBZ0H

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They were begging NPR to bring back Ramona.

Dear @NPR, bring back Ramona. She was the best thing about today.

The world needs answers!

I wonder if Ramona will ever get to pet those cats? #RamonaUpdates #npr #IAmRamona

Ramona! Ramona! Ramona!

People even vowed to donate more to NPR if they would just give them an update.

If I get a picture of #Ramona hanging out with @NPRBees watching rainbows, I'll double my donation to @npr.

"I'd donate for more Ramona posts!"

@NPR just use this for your yearly campaigns, I'd donate for more Ramona posts!!! https://t.co/h3MTT6hrxm

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Come on, NPR!

Dear @NPR: You do realize that tomorrow you have to do a story about #Ramona, right? WITH INTERVIEW. This is non-negotiable. ❤️

They even demanded merch, obviously.

.@NPR how do I get a Ramona tote bag? #ramonaupdates

And it got them new followers.

@NPR I just followed you so I can get a glimpse of the famous Ramona 😄😄 That cat is cuteee!

"@NPR first thing I did this morning was check for Ramona updates. You've disappointed me! Did Ramona sleep good last night? I need 2 know!"

.@NPR first thing I did this morning was check for Ramona updates. You've disappointed me! Did Ramona sleep good last night? I need 2 know!

Finally, on Tuesday, NPR revealed that Ramona is a...baby! But she does HAVE a cat, according to a blog post.

Facebook: NPR

It turns out, the Ramona post was the work of NPR editor Christopher Dean Hopkins, who posted it accidentally.

"We don't generally delete posts, so I tried to do it in a way that would be transparent," Hopkins said. "My job is to promote our good work, and I catastrophically failed in that last night."

Hopkins said it is possible there will continue to be Ramona updates, as her fans have asked for.

"I suppose if people keep promising to pledge to NPR and it doesn't distract from the very good work our NPR journalists do, we'll see," he said.

Basically, this person summed it up. "Maybe Ramona is what everyone needed today."

Maybe #Ramona is what everyone needed today, @NPR

Stephanie McNeal is a social news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Stephanie McNeal at stephanie.mcneal@buzzfeed.com.

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