The Washington, D.C., newspaper The Post published a cartoon in its Sunday edition showing a squirrel eating a cookie and enjoying its food.
The cartoon, called “My Favorite Animal Is a Squirrel,” was taken by a user on Instagram.
The account posted a caption reading, “A squirrel is a really cute animal!
The caption was accompanied by a photo of the squirrel eating the cookie, which the caption captioned “looks like it’s a cookie, but it tastes like a squirrel.”
It captioned, “If you can’t tell, I’m a big fan of cookies.”
The caption and photo caption were removed by The Washington Times.
The Post said it would be removing the cartoon from its website after learning the account was not licensed to sell or distribute cookies.
The newspaper said it had contacted the account’s owner, who told it that the account had been banned from Instagram.
In the cartoon, the squirrel appears to be enjoying the cookie while wearing a shirt with the words, “You are a squirrel.
Your cookie is delicious.”
It also appears to hold a tray of cookies while eating.
The caption and photos are no longer available on the Post’s website.
“The Post does not tolerate content that is offensive, threatening, harassing, libelous, pornographic, vulgar, or otherwise violates any law,” the newspaper said in a statement.
“We will not tolerate any behavior that is disrespectful of a person’s religious beliefs or expression of a political opinion.”
The Post did not provide details about why the account wasn’t licensed to distribute cookies, including the nature of the offense.
The Associated Press is not naming the user in the caption because the account has been removed from Instagram, but the user’s name is listed on the Instagram profile of the account.
The Post has become a target for criticism from politicians over its handling of sexual harassment complaints, which have included the resignation of two top editors.