Rare two-faced kitten born in Oregon

Rare two-faced kitten born in Oregon

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by KGW Staff

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Posted on June 12, 2013 at 10:43 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 12 at 2:24 PM

AMITY, Ore -- There was a very rare birth in Amity Tuesday morning. A kitten was born with two faces, one body and an apparently healthy set of organs.

The kitten’s owner Stephanie Durkee took the rare little baby to the vet, who checked her out and found everything in working order. There was also nothing wrong with the newborn's lungs as she’s a very vocal little kitty, according to Durkee.

The unusual female kitten has been named “Deucy.” She was born at 6:11 a.m. on 6/11 under the “Gemini” astrological sign. Stephanie told KGW she can’t help but wonder at the “double” coincidences surrounding Deucy’s birth.

The rare baby has been rejected by her mother, so Stephanie has been feeding her warmed kitten formula every two hours with a syringe. She said Deucy was eating well and stronger than the other two kittens that survived their birth.

The kitty was being kept in a dresser drawer with a heating pad and towels. 

Stephanie plans to keep her rare kitten, and hopes she has a long life.

Cats with two faces are known as “Janus” cats. Stephanie’s vet told her he’s aware of only four of five Janus kittens to live to adulthood with the oldest known living to 12 years old.

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