Viral video of woman breastfeeding cat on flight has incredible story behind it
The Facebook clip shows a man sitting next to a woman who seems to be breastfeeding on a plane. Agitated, he complains to a flight attendant that the "baby" currently enjoying its meal is actually a cat.
During the four-minute video, more airplane staff join in the chaos as the young woman adamantly maintains that she is only nursing her baby.
After four minutes of furious discussion, a security offer pulls the cloth off the nursing woman and reveals the mystery underneath.
It is indeed a cat – albeit, not a real one!
The woman is holding a stuffed doll of a Lynx, which she calls an "emotional support animal."
The absurd video was also published on TikTok, getting millions of views, likes, and hilarious comments.
Too bad, then, that the whole thing is staged.
Truth is stranger than fiction
The cat has now been let out of the bag.
It's a skit from comedy site The Goon – and everyone involved are actors.
"For entertainment purposes only," the post reads.
However, the more shocking revelation is that the story is based on a real incident that allegedly took place earlier this month aboard a Delta plane traveling from Syracuse, New York to Atlanta, Georgia.
The scandal involved a woman who let her hairless cat breast-feed mid-flight, according to Newsweek. A message on the aircraft communications system pilots use to send short text to ground control reportedly read: "[Passenger] in 13A is breastfeeding a cat and will not put cat back in its carrier when [flight attendant] requested."
Most airlines' official policies support mothers' rights to breastfeed their babies on planes, although the rules on feeding felines are less clear.
Meanwhile, thousands of comments from confused users are piling up on the parody video, with many seeming to have fallen for a perfectly-executed reenactment.
Cover photo: Collage: Facebook/Screenshot/The-Gooch