As if Air New Zealand's controversial spokesbeast Rico hasn't had enough criticism directed at him, now he's been accused of being a rip-off.
We received a message from a disgruntled puppet hater who thought the furry lothario bore an uncanny resemblance to a rather annoying meerkat seen on screens in the UK.
Everyone loves a good plagiarism in advertising debate. So, do you think .99's Rico is 'inspired by'? And does it even matter if the customers don't know and/or care (judging by the Facebook page, there's plenty of love for him)?
Rico is currently making sick beats with Wellington musos and was unable to be reached for comment.