It’s a big week for the gun industry. President Trump is scheduled to speak at the NRA Annual Meeting, anti-gun legislation is popping up all over the country, and there’s a general pall of fear and loathing over the country—but above all else, we need to talk about this cat who allegedly climbed a tree while holding a high-powered assault rifle. Its intentions were unknown.

According to this story from, a passerby notified police that a cat in Newport, Oregon was perched in a tree “armed with a rifle.”

Police arrived on the scene to find the black and white cat, just as the caller had described, it reported.

From the story:

“Newport Police explained in a Facebook post that when the feline was ‘contacted’ by their canine, it was determined the cat wasn’t in possession of a high powered weapon, but rather holding on a ‘non-lethal branch.’”

“Reports of an armed cat this morning were unfounded,” police said in the story. “The feline was contacted and was determined to be in possession of a non-lethal branch.”

After it was removed from the tree without incident, the cat was detained and released, but not before getting some serious warnings from police, the story said.

“The cat was given a verbal warning for posing with what could be mistaken as an assault rifle while wearing poor camouflage attire,” police said in the story.

Newport Police did explain in a post on their Facebook page that the story was a spoof, though the photo apparently was not—they found it on the Internet, dating back to last July from a source in the UK.