Not exactly the “cat’s pajamas.”
The U.S. Embassy in Canberra, Australia apologized Sunday for an email featuring a photo of a Cookie Monster costume-wearing cat holding a plate of chocolate chip cookies, according to the Australian Associated Press.
The cat-themed email titled “meeting” sent by the Department of State contained a fake meeting invitation with an RSVP link and a section of Latin.
The U.S. Embassy issued a lighthearted response to the “training error” made by a staff member “testing out” their email newsletter platform.
“Sorry to disappoint those of you who were hoping to attend this ‘cat pajama-jam’ party, but such an event falls well outside our area of expertise,” U.S. Mission to Australia public affairs counselor Gavin Sundwall said in an email sent two days after the debacle, according to the Australian Associated Press.
Sundwall added that “strong new management controls” would be implemented to prevent the mistake from happening again.
Correction: it was the US state department that sent the email. The embassy apologised on its behalf. https://t.co/4pctVTCYyI
— Josh Taylor (@joshgnosis) October 15, 2018
Mashable dug deeper into what could have caused the fiasco and found that the cat appears to belong to a Melbourne woman who is fond of dressing her cats up in costumes.