cat doodleOn October 29, Americans celebrated National Cat Day by posting images of their pets.  The holiday was founded by animal welfare advocate Colleen Paige and is supported by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. It was first celebrated in 2005 to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of cats that need to be rescued each year.

One particular person went too far, deciding to leave his cat marks on a Google Map of Auckland, New Zealand.

The cat drawing looked as though it was a trail that people in Auckland could walk. Unfortunately for New Zealanders who were hoping to walk the trail, they are out of luck. The path is fictitious!

How could Google let this happen? It’s not hard to prank Google Maps as long as you do it in a remote enough location and seek the assistance of friends. You can edit parts of maps on Google. You can also add cycle tracks and small pathways. The changes are user reviewed before they become official parts of Google Maps.

Google is taking this prank very seriously and is promising to find out who was behind this cat attack.

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