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Abandoned by Shiba Inu, picked up by traders: The CAL story

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Hell-bent on making gains from a narrative, traders ignored calls to leave the Shiba Inu-developed token alone. Here’s how Calcium rode the SHIB wave to a $1.5 million market cap.

Abandoned by Shiba Inu, picked up by traders: The story of CAL

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  • Although developed as a dummy token, CAL has become a token producing profits for certain individuals.
  • Traders did not heed calls to stop trading the token.

Shiba Inu [SHIB] developers are finding it hard to convince traders who don’t want to listen that a token deployed at the testing stage is not worth investing in. 

Read Shiba Inu’s [SHIB] Price Prediction 2023-2024

The token in question — Calcium [CAL] — has been picked up by traders looking to make quick profits and is actively trading on a few DEXes.

Traders pick up the pieces

But that’s not the genesis that brought Calcium into the equation. Calcium, a dummy token, was released by Shiba Inu with no real liquidity. According to a 16 September blog post by Shiba Inu developer Kaal Dhairya, CAL was not meant to be traded.

Instead, the token was created for the sole purpose of minting, and renouncing and minting the Bone ShibaSwap [BONE] contract. In the same blog post, Dhairya warned that anyone selling CAL as a token should be considered a “scam.”

He specifically wrote that,

“This token is being created only for a specific purpose to mint and renounce BONE please do not trade this token as it will not have any future value or need. If someone is selling this please consider this a scam.”

Unfortunately, the developer’s warning fell on deaf ears, as some traders decided to go ahead and trade CAL while centering around the dummy token narrative. 

In fact, pseudonymous trader bagofbread posted on X (formerly Twitter) that the Calcium community had the backing of Shiba Inu token deployers.

After calling it the “truly decentralized token”, CAL’s market cap jumped to $1.5 million. At the time of writing, CAL’s price was $0.016— a 3,437% increase in the last 24 hours. 

Calcium price action

Source: DEX Screener

CAL’s chain of command is different 

While the narrative seems to be working well for the traders, Shiba Inu lead developer Shytoshi Kusama had to intervene in the matter. According to the telegram message shared by another user @DextMoon on X (formerly Twitter), Kusama asked that the token contract be revoked. 

But the traders involved were not having it. Instead of listening to the developer, they took turns gibing at him, saying he was pained that CAL had been a success without his input. 

Realistic or not, here’s BONE’s market cap in SHIB terms

As it stands, it is unlikely that the individual encouraging investors to buy CAL will stop anytime soon. Additionally, the Shiba Inu community has called on the developers to renounce the contract. 

But Dhairya noted that it would take a number of steps before final renouncement. In the meantime, the developer reiterated his earlier blog post statement in a tweet, noting that,

“As previously mentioned in the screenshot below, we are in the process of renouncing BONE. Please do not buy or trade the Calcium token (seriously), there is no liquidity, and claims of large losses are FUD.”


Victor Olanrewaju is a full-time journalist at AMBCrypto. Settled in Lagos, his fascination with blockchain technology and the cryptocurrency market arose out of his love of freedom and everything free. As a Nigerian, Victor understands the impact unfounded financial restrictions have on a population. He sees Bitcoin and cryptos as a way to circumvent these obstacles, as a tool for value creation despite all the setbacks. A graduate in Physics, Victor previously worked as a Senior Marketer at Melange Technologies. Before that, he dealt with crypto-marketers on a regular basis in his capacity as Copywriter at Ventrix Media. At AMBCrypto, Victor’s focus is on assessing the real effectiveness of both on-chain and off-chain developments on a project and its community sentiment.
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