Meet the Two-Faced Cats: Venus and Siamese Cat Frank and Louie (Photo and Video)
A two-faced cat in Florida named Venus is drawing a lot of attention recently. Initially, when her photo became viral in Facebook, several netizens said it was just a hoax claiming that it was edited or that her face was just dyed. However, her appearance on “Today” on Wednesday morning, together with her owners Christina and Chris, proved them wrong.
“We’ve heard everything from Photoshop to we’ve dyed half of her face. This is just the way she was born, that’s it.” Christina reportedly told Savannah Guthrie in the show.
Venus is a chimera with a split face hence the term ‘two-face’. The right side of her face is colored black with a green eye while on the left side is colored calico with a blue eye. She is originally from North Carolina and was adopted by a family from Florida.
According to Wikipedia, chimeras are single organisms, usually animals, that is composed of two or more different populations of genetically distinct cells that originated from different zygotes. They are formed from at least four parent cells. Each population of cells keeps its own character and the resulting organism is a mixture of tissues.
Below is a video of her uploaded in Youtube by VenusMommy proving that she’s real. Currently, it has generated close to 900,000 views.
Meanwhile, Venus is not the only two-faced cat that is getting attention. Late September of last year, the Associated Press reported a Siamese cat named Frank and Louie literally having two faces.
The cat was born with two faces, two mouths, two noses and three eyes. Frank and Louie was adopted by a good Samaritan named Marty Stevens from Worcester, Masssachussetts, saving him from being euthanized because of his condition 12 years ago when he was just one day old.
Experts say that this rare group of cats is known as Janus Cats named after a Roman god Janus who has two faces. The rare condition is brought by a genetic defect which causes excessive production of a certain type of protein.
Frank and Louie made it into the 2012 Guinness World Records as the longest surviving Janus Cats. Several Janus Cats were reportedly born but have died within hours or days after because of congenital defects. Apparently, their condition makes it difficult for them to eat. Sometimes they get milk in their lungs and die of pneumonia
Below is the video of Frank and Louie: