Humor Urban Legends Picture of a Raccoon Holding a Cat Share PINTEREST Email Print Netlore Archive: Viral image circulating via social media shows a raccoon standing upright and holding a kitten or cat in its paws. Urban Legends Animal Folklore Urban Legends in the News Classic & Historic Legends Rumors & Hoaxes Scary Stories By David Emery David Emery is an internet folklore expert, and debunker of urban legends, hoaxes, and popular misconceptions. He currently writes for Snopes.com. our editorial process David Emery Updated October 24, 2017 01 of 03 FW: Did You Lose a Cat? Netlore Archive: Viral image circulating via social media shows a raccoon standing upright and holding a kitten or cat in its paws. Unknown, circulating via email Description: Viral imageCirculating since: Jan. 2011 (this version)Status: Fake (details below) Text example:Email contributed by Kathie J., Feb. 2, 2011: FW: Did you lose a cat?This is probably the most amazing picture of 2011! Analysis: The Internet love-love-loves its cute animal photos so this viral image of a raccoon cradling a kitten in its arms packs a double wallop of adorable. If you guessed it was Photoshopped, you're correct. Versions of the image have been circulating online since 2007, or thereabouts—sometimes with the cat, sometimes not, sometimes with a fire extinguisher, sometimes not. The earliest version known version with the cat—because, apparently, a photo of a raccoon begging on its hind legs in a doorway isn't cute enough by itself—was posted in January 2011. You may also enjoy:• Puppy with Heart• Zoe the Golden Zebra• The Giant Mutant Cat of Ontario• Tiger Adopts Piglets• The Rainbow Owl 02 of 03 Raccoon Without Cat, Standing in Doorway Viral image In one non-feline version of the photo, the raccoon stands in the door, next to which, a fire extinguisher appears mounted to the wall. 03 of 03 Raccoon Standing in Doorway Viral image In other versions of the photo, there's neither a cat nor a fire extinguisher.