Take a bow, blue-check journos. That viral story about someone in Richmond, VA who allegedly rescued a cat  not knowing it was really a bobcat was a hoax:

All the photos from the fake post came from this Instagram account of two rescued bobcats:

But this obviously fake (or at the very least, suspect) story was shared by a number of blue-check journos who should’ve known better. Some examples. . .

Christopher Ingraham, Washington Post:

Andrew Ba Tran, Washington Post:

Althia Raj, HuffPost:

Alanna Vagianos, HuffPost:

Amanda Deibert, writer for Al Gore:

Elizabeth Lopatto, deputy editor of @Verge:

Michelle Pemberton, photographer Indy Star:

Miguel D’Souza, journalist:

Kate Hinds, editor @WNYC:

Great job, everyone.