How appropriate that, on the first day of March — the month that roars in like a lion — I should be posting about a can with a lion-like mane.

Yesterday morning I was bombarded with emails insisting that I take a look at what is arguably the World’s Ugliest Cat.

As you can see from the photo above, the cat is strikingly unique. His full name is “Ugly Bat Boy,” and he sports Sphinx-like baldness except for a lush mane on the front of his body. He spends most of his time atop a warm computer at Exeter Veterinary Hospital, where he is vet Stephen Bassett’s prized pet. Dr Bassett’s clients take cell phone photos of him and lavish him with affection, and Bat Boy willingly complies. “He’s just great,” says veterinary employee Christie Hartnett. “He’s Dr. Bassett’s little wonder cat.”



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Bat Boy was one in a four-kitten litter, with a sister who looked exactly like him. The sister died at only a few weeks old. It didn’t take long for Dr Bassett to fall in love with Bat Boy. “The owner knew that I liked the way the sister looked, and I came in from lunch one day and this cat was sitting in a cage, and the owner said Dr. Bassett liked this cat, so that’s it,” Bassett said. Now he has the run of the place.

Everyone who knows him praises Bat Boy’s disposition and real inner beauty. The office staff was getting bombarded with so many questions about Bat Boy that they now display a few fliers saying he’s about 8 years old and perfectly normal in every way — just ugly.


[PHOTO CREDIT: WMUR]