A couple in Florida got a real surprise this week when their expecting mama cat gave birth to a live, two-faced kitten. Of course, there was no other choice than to name him Harvey Dent, after the Batman villain known for his double features.
Called a “Janus cat” among veterinary circles, the term was derived from the name of the Roman god with two faces. Though the survival rates for this rare phenomenon are low, several cats with the syndrome have been known to live full and happy lives. One Janus cat in Massachusetts lived up to twelve years of age, the oldest living one on the books, according to the Guiness Book of World Records.
The cat’s two heads function as a single unit. When one side “meows” the other opens its mouth, same with the feeding. The family has been in touch with a veterinarian in their home town of Port Charlotte, Fl, who is working with them on how to give Harvey the best care possible.
[Via Huffington Post]