Jumping to conclusions…

The Mail wasn’t alone in blaming ‘yobs’ for a ‘sick prank’, but I’m too busy to round up just how many news outlets churnalised this story so I’ll just focus on the Mail’s coverage:

Pink cat and yobs

Followed up by this, just two days later:

Pink Cat

The Daily Mail is quick to point out that it was the RSPCA that had jumped to conclusions:

A nationwide appeal was launched to find the person responsible for dyeing her white fur, with animal welfare officers believing it was a sick prank.

Of course, the Daily Mail didn’t believe it was a sick prank and made this clear in the original article:

Perhaps she’s blushing at her new appearance. It’s difficult to tell right now.

For some prankster has dyed this white cat a rather fetching shade of pink.

Quite.