A two-headed cat breaks world record

A Massachusetts cat with two faces that has become the world's longest surviving so called "janus" feline at 12 years of age (Source: Reuters, David Niles)

Worcester, Massachusetts – Celebrating the 12th birthday wasn’t yet another usual birthday for a two-headed cat named “Frankenlouie” in Worcester, Massachusetts. His recent birthday on September 8 has got the cat a place in the “Guinness Book of World Records”. He now holds the record for the longest-lived Janus cat. Janus cat is a term used for cats with two heads, which comes from a two-faced Roman god. The cat’s left side is called Frankie while the right side as Louie.

The condition of having two heads in cats is rare. Besides being rare, Frankenlouie is only one of his kind as he has managed to live against odds for years. In most cases, this condition caused kittens to die within a few days of birth.

The cat’s owner is veterinary nurse Marty Stevens, who rescued the two-headed feline from the Tufts Veterinary Medical School where he was about to be euthanized for his condition. According to Stevens, “Every day is kind of a blessing, being 12 and normal life expectancy when they have this condition is one to four days.”

Todd Ray of the Venice Beach Freakshow, who probably has the largest collection of bizarre animals in the world, considers Marty just as incredible as the cat. She was able to prove that an animal like this can live a good life. However, it wasn’t easy for Marty especially in the early years.  In the early years, Marty took him everywhere in a shoebox and fed him every two hours by sticking a tube into the stomach. Veterinarians often advised her that she should not get too attached with the cat as she may not live long. However, with every passing day, she keeps getting stronger.

References

Moye, D. (2011, September 28). Two-headed Cat ‘Frankenlouie’ Turns 12 In Worcester, Mass. (VIDEO). Retrieved October 1, 2011, from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/28/two-headed-cat-frankenlouie-turns-12_n_984158.html

Weber, K. (2011, September 29). 2 Faced Cat ‘Frankenlouie’ Breaks World Record (VIDEO). Retrieved October 1, 2011, from http://global.christianpost.com/news/2-faced-cat-frankenlouie-breaks-world-record-video-56848/

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4 Responses to A two-headed cat breaks world record

  1. Another interesting article. I like how it has been written. Furthermore the video is also very engaging. An inspirational history of faith from the veterinary nurse Marty Stevens, who looked after the kitten from its earlier days and believed on its survival. Mariana Stori z3388978

  2. Rosa WONG says:

    Can’t believed that there is a cat like this, interesting 🙂 the article embedded interesting video and which can provoke audiences’s interest. the article is easy to read, but compare to the text, I would perfer watching the video.

  3. Sudy says:

    WOW, it’s amazing~~ I can not believe this is true. You pick the good photo and very intersting video to attract people’s attention.

  4. 3360583 Lois says:

    Wow, it surprised me. this photo is amazing

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