Julian Assange's suited-up cat in the window of the Ecuadorian embassy seems to be performing its task purrfectly

We'd probably like to think of ourselves in most situations as being insusceptible to petty attempts to distract us from the real issue at hand.

And that is probably true - until it comes to cats.

As Julian Assange began a three-day interview at the Ecuadorian embassy in London over a sexual assault allegation, a cat - thought to be his - made a rather dapper appearance at the window dressed in a collar and tie.

A cat that is believed to belong to Julian Assange, is adorned with a tie and collar (Yui Mok/PA)
(Yui Mok/PA)

And people were lapping it up.

This isn't its first taste of the limelight though - the cat, like almost anything in 2016, has its own Twitter account with a whopping 22,000 followers.

However, some people were less than impressed that a dressed-up cat was successfully serving as a distraction from the very serious matter going on inside the building.

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