Just like many of us in the world, there are lots of idols who love animals. Perhaps they have pets that live in dorms with them, such as seven-member boy group WayV’s three furry friends: cats Leon and Louis, and dog Bella.
Sometimes fans liken their favorite idols’ faces or charm to a specific animal. For example, fans believe that TWICE’s Nayeon and BTS’s Jungkook have smiles that resemble bunnies.
However, there are a few who stand out from the crowd for their appreciation of animals. Here are three animal-loving idols that will melt your heart.
1. Seventeen’s Hoshi
While some CARATs believe that Hoshi looks similar to a hamster, it’s no secret that Hoshi is truly captivated by tigers.
The name Hoshi itself, means a tiger’s gaze in Korean. He coined the phrase “horanghae” which is a combination of the words horangi (tiger) and saranghae (I love you) in Korean. Sometimes he adds a tiger claw pose whenever he uses the phrase, or for ending poses after performances.
Hoshi has a collection of tiger print clothing, tiger plushies, and even has a tiger phone case.
Hoshi has also made a song called “호랑이 Power”, (“Tiger Power”), which he performed at the SEVENTEEN “POWER OF LOVE” online concert in 2021. To support his “horanghae” agenda, CARATs even collaborated together to adopt two tigers for a year in dedication of Hoshi.
2. MONSTA X’s Minhyuk
While cats and dogs are some of the most beloved animals out there, Minhyuk has a unique favorite— whales! His Instagram handle, @go5rae (pronounced gorae) means whale in Korean.
He even has a tattoo on the front of his knee of a whale, symbolizing his fascination with the deep ocean.
Minhyuk also loves painting whales, often posting his creations on the MONSTA X fan cafe for MONBEBE to see.
3. Stray Kids’ Lee Know
Lee Know takes his love and philanthropy for cats to the next level!
Lee Know is the proud owner of three feline friends, named Doongie, Soonie, and Dori.
While his three cats don’t live in the Stray Kids dorms, Lee Know often includes his cats in his personal vlogs whenever he visits home. He is also an advocate for rescue animals and ethical adopting, as he adopted his cats Soonie and Dori from a rescue shelter and Doongie from a friend who could no longer take care of it.
Additionally, Lee Know has purchased various accessories, such as earrings, to support the conservation of snow leopards and other animals.
Inspired by Lee Know’s kindness towards animals, STAY have followed suit with philanthropic actions of their own. In 2021, 346 STAYs collaborated with a cat figurine retailer named Poundcat Store to donate to the I Love You, Naviya cat shelter in Seoul, South Korea. How endearing!