Creepy Photo of Abandoned Chuck E. Cheese Animatronic Goes Viral

A photo of a decrepit Chuck E. Cheese animatronic in a landfill is going viral on Twitter, as people relate to his decaying state. Diane Doniol-Valcroze shared an image of the abandoned animatronic in a tweet that has amassed more than 100,000 likes in under 24 hours.

The animatronic appears to be missing an ear, as well as fur on his torso and arm. Other patches of fur appear to be dirty or burned, and the mouse's eyes are almost closed.

Abandoned Chuck E. Cheese animatronic found in a landfill

— Diane Doniol-Valcroze (@ddoniolvalcroze) February 23, 2021

Some Twitter are relating to the state of the crumbling mouse after the events of the past year, like comedian Michelle Collins who said: "Me in line for the vaccine this November," and CBS News reporter Kathryn Watson, who said: "Me rolling up to the bar to reenter society after I've been vaccinated:"

Twitter user Geoff Baier shared an edited image imaging what the photo would look like as an album cover, in a tweet that gained 7,000 likes.

But where did the now-viral photo come from? The photo of the abandoned Chuck E. Cheese was shared on Reddit in June 2020. A tweet by @may_may_studiis from July 2020 said that someone with the username @CEC_Florida on Instagram had purchased the animatronic and was restoring it. The Instagram account is now set to private.

the landfill chuck e. cheese has been saved (not by me)

— may the poopere 👈 (@may_may_studiis) July 1, 2020

The photo also appears in a YouTube video by Freaky Attractions, titled "There's A Cursed Animatronic In The Desert," which tells the fictional story of a couple finding an abandoned Chuck E. Cheese Animatronic in the desert. The video was posted in September 2020 and has since amassed nearly 400,000 views.

A YouTube channel dedicated to Chuck E. Cheese, with the same username as the Instagram account that was said to be restoring the mouse, CEC Florida, commented on this video and claimed to have purchased the animatronic for $6,000 and said that it was found at Mt. Olive Landfill just outside of Birmingham, Alabama.

Although the Instagram account is private, a screenshot from the page may provide insight into the fate of the abandoned mouse—he's had a makeover.

In December 2020, @may_may_studiis posted an update and said: "remember the landfill chuck e. cheese? this is him now" and shared a photo of a restored animatronic, though it is unclear if it is able to move.

remember the landfill chuck e. cheese? this is him now (not mine)

— may the poopere 👈 (@may_may_studiis) December 12, 2020

The Instagram account belonging to the person who seems responsible for restoring the animatronic is private and is not accepting any follow requests, so we may never know how the lonely mouse is doing now.

Newsweek has contacted @CEC_Florida on Instagram.

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Pasqually The Chef, Chuck E. Cheese, and Helen Henny attend the 84th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade on November 29, 2015, in Hollywood, California. Phillip Faraone/FilmMagic/Getty