A wild squirtle appeared! And it’s none other than NU’EST’s JR aka Kim Jonghyun, who surprised fans by dressing up as the Pokémon character for his 23rd birthday. Fun fact: JR’s known for his uncanny resemblance to wartortle, which gave him the lovable nickname of onibugi (wartortle in Korean).
It all started when the NU’EST leader posted a selca on his Instagram along with the caption “JR tour” a day before his birthday, which led to a flurry of speculation amongst fellow L.O.Λ.Es regarding the so-called tour.
On 8 June, people spotted a random squirtle mascot going around the subway stations in Seoul and checking out the various birthday advertisements that were put up for 23-year-old. It turns out that it was in fact our resident onibugi inside the costume, evidenced by the Alexander McQueen sneakers that eagle-eyed fans recognised.
As usual, JR’s fanservice was off the roof. We couldn’t stop squealing over how cute he was waving his little hands and waddling around like a penguin – the chap even did a heart-fluttering dance in front of the billboards and took photos with fans to thank them for their support. Check out these oh-so-adorable moments below and try not to melt.
무슨 일이 일어나고 있나요?
쩨알투어를 실제로보다니 흐극그르그극
압구정살길잘했어요 이시간에 운동한다고 깝치고 돌아다니며 밖에있길 정말 잘했어요 pic.twitter.com/vFnXKGGBmO
— 동호러브해 (@lovelee_eom) June 7, 2018
— 사랑아동호해 (@adorabledongho) June 7, 2018
— 누지🌻 (@yolonuji) June 7, 2018
— 포키럽 (@POCKY_THE_LOVE) June 7, 2018
That’s it. We’re stanning forever.
Happy (belated) birthday, JR!