World’s oldest two-faced cat
The world’s oldest two-faced cat turned 12 years old this month setting the record for the longest surviving Janus cat, according to the spokesman for the Guinness World Records.
Frank and Louie from Worcester, Massachusetts (USA), the oldest two-faced cat, is fluffy feline with two mouths, two noses and three eyes. The cat has a case of craniofacial duplication, a very rare congenital condition resulting from a protein with the odd name of sonic hedgehog homolog (SHH). This disorder (known as well as diprosopia) can cause a partial or entire duplication of an individual’s face on its head. Only few two-faced kittens has survived into adulthood.Frank and Louie was born on 8th September, 1999 and his story will be published in 2012 edition of the Guinness World Records.
The name "Janus cat" was coined by British zoologist Dr. Karl Shuker, based on the two-faced Roman god of transitions, gates and doorways.
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Text and image source: Reuters