Some of you may have heard of the two-faced cat, which made a surge all over the internet in 2012.
Venus is a two-faced American tortoiseshell cat. She was born on 6th July 2009 with interesting and mysterious fur - which was black on one side and orange on the other. One half of Venus is solid black with a green eye and the other half has orange tabby stripes with a blue eye.
Some people even raised rumors that her unusual face is fake, suggesting it may be the work of her own owner. However, answers to these rumors were given on Venus’ website (in which the owner writes pretending to be Venus): “I am hundred percent natural. No makeup at all, not even eyeliner”.
Leslie Lyons, Professor at the University of California says she had never seen a cat like Venus. "She is extremely, extremely rare" said Lyons. "But you can explain it and you can understand it”.
Is Venus a Chimera?
Many reports had also said the cat is a “chimera”. According to Greek mythology, a chimera is a mishmash monster having different parts of different animals. A feline chimera is a cat with cells containing two types of DNA and it happens during embryonic fusion.
In the cat family, a chimera is really not that rare. Lyons said that male tortoiseshell cats are mostly chimeras. And this mottled orange and black coat can be due to the presence of an additional X chromosome. But in the case of female cats, they already have two X chromosomes and can sport that coat without the extra chromosomes. This shows Venus is not necessarily a chimera.
Even after many testings and analyses, the exact reason for the two faces of this feline is still an unsolved mystery.