U.S. embassy sorry for sending Cookie Monster cat pyjama invitation

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The U.S. Embassy in Canberra, Australia has apologized after the U.S. Department of State mistakenly sent an email invite featuring a photo of a cat wearing a Cookie Monster onesie.

The embassy apologized on behalf of the state department for a “training error” that resulted in the photo of the cat wearing the Cookie Monster outfit and holding a plate of chocolate chip cookies. It was sent out to an undisclosed number of recipients, Australian Associated Press (AAP) reported Sunday.

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The email was titled “meeting” and featured a title “cat pajama-jam” underneath the photo of the tabby cat.

According to the AAP, U.S. Mission to Australia public affairs counsellor Gavin Sundwall issued an apology saying there was no planned pyjama party.

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“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,” he said. “It was a training error made by one of our new staff testing out our email newsletter platform.”

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

“We are actually LOLing here in NZ,” the embassy wrote.

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The spokesperson said “strong new management controls” would be implemented to prevent any repeat mistakes.

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