Incredibly Cute!

I haven’t posted anything for a long while.  It took this cute little thang to inspire me.  You can see this article from its original spot on the web at the Sydney Morning Herald.  I originally learned about the kitten from WurzelStock.  Both faces meow!!  Awwwwww!!

Two-faced kitten born in Perth

A genetic mutation has left a kitten born in Perth with two faces.
A genetic mutation has left a kitten born in Perth with two faces.
Photo: Matthew Poon

Arjun Ramachandran
November 21, 2008 – 10:58AM

A two-faced kitten born in Western Australia yesterday is still in good health this morning, amid rumours its tale has been snapped up exclusively by Today Tonight.

The kitten was being closely monitored after its birth, but was back in the care of its owner this morning, a spokeswoman for Swan Veterinary Clinic said.

The kitten was “still alive and going well”, she said.

The kitten’s mother was taken to the Swan Veterinary Clinic after suffering complications while in labour.

Community Newspapers photographer Matthew Poon happened to be at the vets for an unrelated visit and snapped the amazing images of the kitten.

There were three kittens born in the litter, but just one was left with such a unique deformity.

The kitten eats out of just one mouth because of a cleft palate, but both mouths meow simultaneously.

The kitten has made international news, its birth being  reported by Fox News in the US, and by UK newspapers The Times and The Telegraph.

[Edit: This article is horribly written with lots of boring crap that I’ve removed.  Your welcome.]

Louisa Burgess, a veterinary nurse who helped deliver the kitten, told InMyCommunity.com.au that she had never seen such an unusual animal in her 12-year career.

“I have seen cats with two tails and extra legs, but not this,” she said.

Ms Burgess said the cat appeared healthy, but it would be closely monitored over the next few days.

“It has a full tummy and it survived the night so that is a good sign,” she said. “It seems content, it meows and purrs.

“This is the result of a congenital deformity. Something has gone wrong in the early embryonic development.”

Earlier this year, two-faced kittens were reportedly also born in Texas and Ohio in the US.

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A very sad, but inevitable update to this story from The Age:

Two-faced kitten loses its battle

  • John Chan and Claire Kelly
  • November 22, 2008

The Perth kitten which made international headlines this week because it was born with two faces, has reportedly died overnight.

The three-day-old male kitten died after asphyxiating on fluid in its lungs.

It was reported the kitten was taken home from the Swan Veterinary Clinic yesterday to be with its mother before it died.

Vets at the Swan Veterinary Clinic in Midvale held grave concerns about the kitten, which was born on Wednesday.

The head vet nurse at the clinic, who wanted to be known only as Leslie, told Radio 6PR she was surprised he survived the night.

Among the plethora of major news sites grabbing the story are the Sydney Morning Herald, the Fox News Network in America and Britain’s Times Online, Daily Mail and Sun news services.

Millions of people around the world have seen Community Newspapers photographer Matthew Poon’s fast-spreading snapshot of the newborn kitten that meowed simultaneously from both mouths.

The kitten’s mother was taken to the Swan Veterinary Clinic this week after suffering complications while in labour.

Staff at the clinic said the cat’s owner has sold their story to Today Tonight for an undisclosed sum.

There’s more to the article that repeats what you already know.

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