Anthropologist Christine Yano shocked the world when she revealed Hello Kitty – the über-cute Japanese cartoon character – is not actually a cat!

Yano, who was writing text for an exhibition featuring the ribboned cat-person, says Sanrio Tokyo, the Japanese company behind Kitty, told her: "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."

The company later clarified the statement, saying that cartoon character is the "personification of a cat", rather than a real cat. However, it seems Kitty still lives just outside of London, not in her birthplace of Japan.