A cartoon flamingo has offered an apology to a South Australian government minister who threatened legal action against a newspaper.
The Adelaide Advertiser offered the tongue-in-cheek apology to Transport Services and Assistant Arts Minister Chloe Fox on Tuesday.
The Advertiser said it had received a letter from the minister's lawyers over an article on Monday about how she had 11 artworks on display in her office on loan from the Art Gallery of South Australia.
The story said Premier Jay Weatherill had 47 pieces on loan among 185 that feature in ministerial offices, parliament house and government house.
They are drawn from about 38,000 works the art gallery has in storage.
The newspaper also published a cartoon by Valdman that apparently shows Ms Fox in the art gallery with a painting under her arm and bag over her shoulder.
At the same time some patrons are looking at empty walls where a note saying "borrowed by Chloe Fox" has been taped.
The Advertiser said the minister's lawyers had told the paper that the article and cartoon were highly defamatory.
"Our client is both personally and professionally outraged by the innuendo implicit in the words and the caricature depiction," they said.
On Tuesday the newspaper published an apology that was supposedly written by Fandango, a flamingo that appears somewhere in most of Valdman's cartoons.
It said Valdman was a "really nice guy" who would be shocked that he had caused offence to anyone, let alone a politician.
"I've tried to tell Valdman to avoid taking politicians to task, they're far too powerful and should be above such childish satire," Fandango wrote.
"But he doesn't listen and rabbits on about this weird concept of freedom of expression and starts likening North Terrace to North Korea."
Fandango said Valdman had probably "gone to ground", worried that "all his pencils have been bugged"."As a former journalist yourself, I'm sure you can empathise," the flamingo wrote.