The cat suddenly appeared from behind the reporter during a segment about the opening of Beer City in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The cat's arm came first into view, then its face appeared as it climbed up from behind the reporter. After the initial shock in which her eyes widened almost in horror, DiDonato turned her head to the right in embarrassment unsure what to do. The cat probably thinking the news reporter was viewing something interesting turned its gaze to the right also. She then raised her left arm to touch the cat. She managed to compose herself and finished the report with the cat perched on her shoulder. After the report, she broke into uncontrollable laughter.
The Daily Mail
reports that after the news broadcast, DiDonato went on Twitter, saying she had seen the cat before she went live on air. The Huffington Post
reports she tweeted
: "Learned my lesson: Never making eye contact with a cat before a live tease ever again." She continued: "Gotta hand it to the little guy, his strength and athleticism... mighty impressive. Hope his owners know what a celeb he is."
She, however, expressed relief that the cat was friendly. She tweeted: "I am glad that cat was a nice one or we could be dealing [with] quite a different outcome..."