Giant cat appears on Auckland Google map

GOOGLE CAT: Marked as near Auckland's Hobson Bay walkway.

GOOGLE CAT: Marked as near Auckland's Hobson Bay walkway.

The internet's obsession with cats has stretched to tracks marked on Google Maps.

A wonky image of a grinning cat on Google Maps caught the eye of one Stuff reader who sent in a screenshot.

The cat's wonky tail stretches off one side of Auckland's Hobson Bay Walkway while its face grins out over the other.

According to Google, it would take three minutes to walk the 250m from the tip of the cat's tail to its eyeball.

Driving over the cat is not an option, however, and those hoping to take a stroll along the cat track will be out of luck too, as it seems to only exist in the cyber world.

The area it has been drawn over is a mangrove swamp on Hobson Bay.

Google Australia and New Zealand head of communications Annie Baxter said the company was investigating.

"We were aware that cats were trying to take over YouTube, but we didn't realise it was extending to Google Maps. We're looking into this."

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 - Stuff

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