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Venus the Cat Is Her Own Fraternal Twin -- Literally

This chimera cat puts a cool -- and dual -- new face on the wonders of science.

 |  Aug 24th 2012  |   15 Contributions

Nope, that's no digital-photo trickery. Meet Venus: two cats, one body. Yup, Venus is a chimera cat -- she's her own fraternal twin.

Venus is one of nature's beautiful oddities.

Hurray for science!

That means that genetically, Venus is sort of like two different cats in one strikingly adorable little body. A chimera cat results from a mixture of four parent cells (either two fertilized eggs or two embryos that have fused together). It's almost like Venus is conjoined twins, except, obviously, not ... she just ended up with a split face of two entirely different features. One side of her face is a black cat with green eyes and the other side is an orange tabby with blue eyes. Venus single-pawedly proves that science is capable of mysterious beauty. The rest of her body, however, is not dramatically split.

Venus is 3 and otherwise a totally normal, happy, healthy kitty. Whether she has a split personality has yet to be confirmed, but if she's anything like the other non-chimera cats we know, she probably has a personality for each of her nine lives. One is her morning personality, which harasses you until you get out of bed; the other is her cuddly personality, which is the sweetest cat you'll ever meet; the other is her ... well, you get the picture.

Via Geekologie


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