Two-Faced Kitten 'Deucy' Born In Oregon

By: The Huffington Post Email
By: The Huffington Post Email

(The Huffington Post)-At 6:11 a.m. on 6/11, Deucy was born. Aside from her perfectly timed birth date, what makes this feline so special is her unusual facial characteristic: Deucy has four eyes, two noses and two mouths.

The two-faced kitten made her debut this week in Amity, Ore. After the birth, pet owner Stephanie Durkee took the rare kitty to her local veterinarian, who determined that, despite Deucy's facial abnormality, her organs are intact and in good condition, local news outlet NWCN reports.

While the birth of a two-faced kitten -- often called a Janus cat -- is rare, it has happened before. A black cat with two faces, who was aptly named Harvey Dent, was welcomed into the world in February 2012, but died two days later due to complications. In July, another two-faced kitten, this one named Gemini, also died within days of his birth, likely because he had issues eating with two tracheas and one throat.

Since the odd facial characteristic is often coupled with other abnormalities, two-faced cats do not tend to survive for very long. However, that's not to say that Janus cats can't defy the odds. In 2011, two-headed cat Frankelouie was inducted into the Guinness Book of World Records when he turned 12, the longest a Janus cat is known to have lived.

Given, Deucy's good health conditions, Durkee is optimistic that the special kitty will live a long life.

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