The US embassy in the Australian city of Canberra had last week sent an email for invitation, which had a little extra sprinkled – a cat in cookie monster pajamas holding a plateful of cookies.
The email with “Meeting” as the subject comprised a photo of a cute feline with a caption “Cat Pajama-Jam”, some gibberish Latin text, and also an RSVP button, reported the Australian Associated Press.
The public affairs counselor of the US Mission to Australia, Gavin Sundwall, issued an apology to the recipients of the extremely cute mistake. I apologize to those who were excited to attend the cat pajama-jam, but the event is beyond the scope of our skills, he was reported as saying. The email was a result of a training error committed by a new staff member who was testing the new email newsletter platform.
The cat picture was definitely not original, as a image search will reveal. Apparently, the picture of the cat had first been posted by Jennifer Stewart, a resident of Melbourne, Australia who likes dressing up her cats in PJs and uploading these pictures on her Instagram handle that has close to 67,000 followers. It’s not clear, however, is Stewart is connected to the State Department in any way.
The next Monday, Stewart posted another fresh picture of a cat named Joey. The feline was seen posing alongside the news story joking about the mix up and said the Joey is disappointed about the cat pajama-jam not happening.