United States embassy in Canberra sorry for cat pyjama email

Elias Hubbard
October 15, 2018

We'd never get you to say sorry for sending an adorable cat picture.

The U.S. embassy in Australia has apologised after an email invite to a "cat pajama-jam" was sent out instead of an official meeting.

In the email - which was titled "meeting" - was an image of a tabby cat dressed as the Cookie Monster and holding a plate of choc-chip biscuits.

The U.S. Embassy in New Zealand poked fun at its Aussie counterpart, tweeting a GIF of a cat working away on a laptop.

Gavin Sundwall, the public affairs counselor at the U.S. Mission to Australia, chalked the ordeal up to a "training error" that was made by a new staff member who was "testing out our email newsletter platform".

Perhaps they needn't have apologised, 'cos it's a cute cat.

Sundwall promises "strong new management controls" are being looked at to make sure Cookie Monster Cat and other non-governmental mascots don't go viral via email again, per the Guardian.

The cat appears to belong to a Melbourne woman, Jennifer Stewart, who dresses up her cats in onesies for her Instagram account that's actually called @my_furry_babies.

It's unknown how widely the email, sent by the US Department of State, was distributed.

The U.S. Embassy issued a lighthearted response to the "training error" made by a staff member "testing out" their email newsletter platform. The article has been updated to reflect this.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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