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Purr-plexing: 'Hello Kitty' not a cat

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The company that manages the brand officially describes Hello Kitty as a little girl from London. (Source: CNN) The company that manages the brand officially describes Hello Kitty as a little girl from London. (Source: CNN)

(CNN) - Globally popular children's character Hello Kitty turns 40 this year, and with that birthday comes a surprise revelation.

Her creators say Hello Kitty is not a cat! That's according to Sanrio, the Japanese company that owns and manages the brand.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Sanrio now officially describes Hello Kitty as a little girl from London.

Sanrio forbids any depiction of the character walking on all fours or in other distinctly cat-like activities.

In fact, Hello Kitty has her own "real" cat as a pet, named Charmy Kitty.

All this comes as Hello Kitty and friends prepare for a 40th anniversary party in Los Angeles at the Japanese American National Museum starting in October.

Later that month, the first Hello Kitty convention will draw fans from around the world to LA.

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