Meet Bettie Bee! Like most cats, she has four paws, two ears, and one tail. The only difference is she has two faces with three eyes, two noses, and two mouths.
Bettie Bee was welcomed into this world with two other “normal” siblings. She was born in Eastern Cape, South Africa and it was evident that she was different.
Being born with two mouths made nursing especially difficult. She was at a high risk of starving to death. Fortunately, the cat owner took Bettie Bee to a local cat rescue who specializes in special needs cats.
The veterinarian, who asked to remain anonymous, began tube-feeding Bettie Bee. The vet shared that the cat “can feed either mouth, both are functional, both lead to the stomach.”
Initially, the veterinarian recommended euthanasia. Thankfully, she quickly changed her mind. "But she was, at one day old then, very feisty. We wanted to give her a chance. And she’s been thriving," she said.
The kitten has a rare condition called craniofacial duplication, or diprosopus. The condition is a type of conjoined twinning. There is a protein called Sonic Hedgehog Homolog (SHH) which signals the genes to control the width of the face, and among other things. If the SHH becomes abnormal, the facial features can become too wide, resulting in duplications.
“I'm taking it day by day and hope she will continue to thrive for many years. It's wonderful to see how many people are rooting for her," her rescuer said.
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