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Did You Lose a Cat?

Claim:   Photograph shows a raccoon carrying a cat.


Example:   [Collected via e-mail, December 2010]

Did someone lose a little cat?


Origins:   Raccoons have several human-like qualities that endear them to people, such as the black markings on their faces that give them the appearance of furtive bandits, their use of their paws to manipulate objects, and their ability to stand up on their hind legs. Walking upright and carrying felines in their arms to return wayward moggies to their owners is not one of their commonly known traits, however. The image displayed above is a digitally manipulated version of the photograph of a (catless) raccoon shown here:

Last updated:   3 March 2011

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