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Two-faced cat sets longevity record

June 8, 2012
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Not quite my usual cute, cuddly animal story, but interesting nonetheless.

This undated handout image, obtained by Reuters on September 27, 2011, shows a Massachusetts cat with two faces that has become the world’s longest surviving so called “janus” feline at 12 years of age. The cat, who is named Frank and Louie, has two mouths, two noses and three eyes. Frank and Louie have one brain, so the faces react in unison. [Photo/Agencies]

Frank and Louie was born on September 8, 1999 and his remarkable life will be commemorated in Guinness World Records’ new 2012 edition.

The cat’s owner, a woman only identified as Marty who lives near Worcester, Massachusetts, has asked to remain otherwise anonymous. She was a veterinary technician in 1999 when a day-old, two-faced kitten about the size of her thumb was brought into her clinic to be euthanized.

“The normal life expectancy is one to four days for cats with this condition,” because afflicted animals typically have other disorders and defects, Marty told a local radio station on Tuesday. “When he was first born, every day was a blessing.”

He seems happy enough to me, and he has certainly out-lived our Oscar. Read the full story: here

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