A house cat made a ‘purr-fect’ photobombing experience during a live news segment.

The news should have starred a cougar which was reportedly spotted in a field in Hernando, Mississippi. But Fox13’s Scott Madaus found a better way to tease the live report.

“I’m Scott Madaus, live in Hernando, Mississippi where there have been spottings of a cougar,” Madaus rejoiced into the camera.

“And that’s not it, that looks like a house cat,” he continued as the camera panned and caught a house cat that’s comfortably sitting on the field.

On the screen, the chyron insists:

The news team revels on this comedic gold. Although they admit that including a house cat was a stunt, it didn’t stop the netizens from going crazy over that cat’s steady gaze at the camera.

“It had come out from this brush from underneath a tree, and it was just standing there, staring at me, and I thought how ironic is this that we’re doing a story about a 100-pound-plus possible cougar and here’s this small, little house cat,” Madaus told Buzzfeed.

It’s a good thing his producer agreed to cut him live so that he could tease the comical shot to viewers.

Instead of the viewers seeing this:

The viewers giggled over this irony:

The clip quickly spread on Twitter, where it received over 30,000 retweets.

Even prominent people joined the fever:

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Some people marveled at how local news may have fun with small stories.

Madaus said he knew about his dewy viral fame when he was at work on Friday afternoon.

“You have a very serious job being a journalist, but at the same time when things like this happen you can’t take yourself too seriously,” he said.