A worried member of the public alerted police after spotting a cat sitting in a tree nestling a RIFLE in its paws.
Officers in Newport, Oregon, reacted in style when they realised the picture they had been sent of the gangster kitty was simply an optical illusion.
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The cat's position, the colours, and the shape of the branch all conspired to make it look it was toting a weapon.
Police told local news station KATU (obviously) that someone took the picture and then realised what it looked like.
In a Facebook post, the Newport Police Department said they warned the moggie.
The post read: "Reports of an armed cat this morning were unfounded. The feline was contacted by our canine and was determined to be in possession of a non-lethal branch.
"The cat was given a verbal warning for posing with what could be mistaken as an assault rifle while wearing poor camouflage attire."