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Saltwater Taffy Is Part Kitten, Part Lobster, and All Adorable

Her front-leg deformities surprised her rescuers in Philadelphia, who found her in the dead of night.

 |  Jul 29th 2013  |   9 Contributions


Meet Saltwater Taffy. She was picked up from a backyard in Philadelphia in the middle of the night, when it was too dark to notice there was something very special about Saltwater Taffy -- something that became quite apparent in the light of day.

Perhaps Saltwater Taffy is the result of an interspecies romance, as you'll see in her photos, because this kitten has lobster claws!

Adorable.

Saltwater Taffy's deformities didn't become apparent until morning.

Okay, not really, but in an effort to make the best of Saltwater Taffy's situation, her caring and compassionate human friends lovingly refer to her twisted font paws as her "lobster claw legs." Their unusual shape is the result of contracted tendons and missing bones, much like some of the issues Little Bear and Pretzel face. Despite Saltwater Taffy's deformities, the kitten is healthy and happy and receiving attentive care.

Saltwater Taffy and her siblings.

According to her Facebook page, Saltwater Taffy is not a fan of her therapy even though it's already helping make her stronger.

Uniqueness must run in Saltwater Taffy's family, because she has two siblings who also have some perfectly adorable imperfections. Named Caramel Cornelius and Rudy Beer Float, the kittens have noses that are shaped a little differently than most. If the litter hadn't been rescued, none of them would be alive today, which is why Saltwater Taffy and her siblings are our Monday Miracles.

Saltwater Taffy's human friends aren't sure what the future holds for her, but in the meantime, they're trying to help her out with basic physical therapy.

Make sure to follow Saltwater Taffy on Facebook, and let her know that Catster sent you.

Cute!

Photos via Saltwater Taffy's Facebook page

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