Two-Faced Kitten’s Mother Rejects HerBy: Amanda Crum - June 13, 2013
A kitten born with a rare “double-face” has been rejected by her mother, so the owner is giving her extra love and feeding her through a syringe.
Little Deucy was born at 6:11 a.m. on 6/11 in Amity, Oregon. She has one set of organs in one body, but her face is split in two. Interestingly enough, her birthday puts her under the Gemini astrological sign.
Animals born with defects are often rejected by their mothers in the wild, as they are seen as undesirable offspring. Luckily for Deucy, she was born in captivity with a loving owner to take care of her.
Although a local veterinarian proclaimed her to be healthy, he said he’s only known of four or five similar anomalies–called Janus cats–and they lived unfortunately short lives. Her owner, Stephanie Durkee, said she plans to keep her and is taking extra care to keep Deucy warm and safe now that the mother has spurned her.
While the condition–called diprosopus–is rare, it’s not unheard of in the states. There have been a handful of reported Janus cats born in recent years around the country.