US Embassy in Australia Apologizes for Picture of Cat Dressed As Cookie Monster Sent Out as a Meeting Reminder


No institution is immune to the infectious power of the cat meme, even the US embassy in Australia.

Image via BBC from US State Department.

Either that or the meeting organizer is a serious cat fan.

In what can only be one of the best meeting reminder emails to ever be sent out, the US embassy in Australia mistakenly sent out a meeting reminder to untold numbers of people that featured a mackerel tabby cat dressed as Cookie Monster from Sesame Street.

Naturally, the cat had a plate full of cookies in front of him.

The embassy, for its part, blamed the picture on a training error. Staff at the embassy represented by Gavin Sundwall said in a statement picked up by the Australian Associated Press: “Sorry to disappoint those of you who were hoping to attend this ‘cat pyjama-jam' party, but such an event falls well outside our area of expertise…It was a training error made by one of our new staff testing out our email newsletter platform.”

Though it was unfortunately a training error that didn’t stop people from weighing in and even some expressing hope for a future cat pyjama party at the embassy. The US embassy in New Zealand weighed in on the snafu with a gif of a tuxedo cat furiously typing away at an Apple laptop. It isn’t known whether that is what happened back at the US embassy in Australia though some speculate it is possible.

Cats are probably the single most popular animal photograph on the Internet with tons of memes and derivative material produced from nearly every corner of the globe. And when you think of the range of pictures you could accidentally attach in an email, a picture of a cat is quite a mild error.

Here’s to hoping for an eventual cat pyjama party.

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