A fluffy ginger tail interrupted a parliamentary Zoom meeting on the future of public service broadcasting.
The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee were meeting virtually when Rocco the cat made an impromptu appearance.
SNP MP (Scottish National Party Member of Parliament) John Nicolson was speaking with Dame Carolyn McCall, chief executive of ITV, about the future of public service broadcasting in the wake of the pandemic health crisis.
Mr. Nicolson was asking TV bosses why subtitles were not put on kids' TV by default as it was proven to increase literacy, when an orange tail appeared on screen.
Despite initially trying to ignore it, the MP eventually batted it out of the way, saying:
“Rocco, put your tail down."
The internet was understandably amused.
@BBCPolitics Ok, but that cat has a magnificent tail, and an excellent sense of both positioning, and timing.— Heavy Metal Handcyclist (@Heavy Metal Handcyclist) 1594746681.0
@BBCPolitics @krishgm Ah, we don’t use the internet for it’s original use of sharing cat pictures enough these days.— Richard Knott (@Richard Knott) 1594750064.0
@BBCPolitics @PebblesPuss2014 I do believe Rocco, dear chap, was raising his tail because he had a question. Very i… https://t.co/AX5qT5NwXo— Theresa M ☘️⚜️🐱🌲 (@Theresa M ☘️⚜️🐱🌲) 1594751496.0
@BBCPolitics This is bloody brilliant..🤣🤣🤣— Maisie the Tortie / Margaret- NHS stay home 💙 (@Maisie the Tortie / Margaret- NHS stay home 💙) 1594759357.0
@BBCPolitics Well done Rocco.— Eamonn@indi🏴🇪🇺 (@Eamonn@indi🏴🇪🇺) 1594749561.0
This is not the first time a cat has interrupted parliamentary proceedings during the lockdown.
Trade expert Sally Jones was speaking to the EU Services Sub-Committee when her pet cat made its way into her office and onto her lap.
While Ms. Jones apologized for the animal, the intruder was welcomed by the other members of the committee, with Lord Cavendish saying:
And it is not just Parliament that has seen feline interruptions. Tiger the cat was broadcast stealing a vicar's milk during Canterbury Cathedral's online prayer service on Monday morning.
Tiger is one of four cats at the Deanery, with another named Leo going viral a few weeks ago for disappearing into Dr. Willis' vestments during a service.