It turns out the iconic character from Japan, Hello Kitty, is not a cat.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Christine R. Yano, a professor and author, has spent years studying Hello Kitty and is studying objects that will be part of the Japanese American National Museum in LA this fall.
Yano told the LA Times, “Hello Kitty is not a cat. She’s a cartoon character. She is a little girl. She is a friend. But she is not a cat. She’s never depicted on all fours. She walks and sits like a two-legged creature.”
Yano said she made the mistake of calling the toy a cat and was corrected by Sanrio, the toy’s producer.
Read more on the LA Time article here: Hello Kitty is not a cat, plus more reveals before her L.A. tour