Claim: Photograph shows a woman holding a large domestic cat.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2004]
Origins: Some people were tempted to dismiss this photograph as a hoax created through digital manipulation due to its similarity to another “
The photograph reproduced above looked to us as if it could quite plausibly be a genuine picture of one of the larger breeds of domestic cats (such as the Maine Coon) — the cat’s being stretched out full-length in the woman’s arms leaves it looking much longer than it would seem if it were posed in a normal stance, and its luxurious, fluffed-out coat of hair creates an added impression of extra thickness. This photograph seemed to our eyes to depict nothing more than a typical hefty-sized cat photographed in a way that emphasized it size, and that proved to be the case.
The feline pictured is 2-year-old Maine Coon named Riley, photographed in the arms of his owner, Martha. According to Martha, Riley has lost a bit of weight recently, but he weighed about
Last updated: 28 February 2004
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