When I got the first photo below from alert reader J.D., which came with the following information, I thought it had been Photoshopped.
Per your request of October 23, 2010, for photographs of “beloved felid[s]” in “winsome pose[s]”, I present for your delectation the above-attached jpeg. This photograph may be of particular interest to you and the readers of your blog, “Why Evolution Is True”, because it provides incontrovertible proof for the Common Descent of all life on Earth — to wit, the creature therein so winsomely depicted is clearly a transitional form between cats and bananas.
It was a beautiful cat. But ever wary of presenting dubious information to my readers, I emailed J.D. to see if the photo had been manipulated. He replied “no” and sent another photo and more information:
Her name is Mei Mei, which is Cantonese for “little sister” (when you get the tones right). She is a Singapura, which is a relatively recent breed. The photo is not doctored — she just has this thing about the bath tub. For whatever reason, she enjoys lolling about in it (after the water has been entirely evacuated, of course). I suspect that the tub retains some heat for a while after the bath is emptied, and like most cats in the winter, Mei Mei is a heat-seeking missile.
I can see why you might think the photo has been tampered with. She does seem ridiculously long and bendy in that photo. But that’s just how she is — she could give the “Longcat” of internet infamy a run for his money. As proof that the photo is not doctored I offer the attached additional photo, showing Mei Mei stretched out at full length. I was sorely tempted to add a red cape to that photo, and replace the carpet with blue sky, but alas my photoshop skills are lacking.