Meet the adorable cat with two different faces
It might look like something from a Batman comic, but this adorable cat’s two-tone face has won it a legion of fans from across the globe.
The adorable feline has perfectly split black and grey facial fur, which is thought to be a direct result of differing DNA on each side of her face.
A photo of the cat’s perfectly divided face was taken by animal photographer Jean-Michel Labat, who is known for running an Instagram account that’s entirely devoted to his work – including numerous other photos of cats.
Although rare, cats with the distinctive two-faced look are known as chimera cats, a phrase which dates back to greek mythology and the concept of a ‘monster’ that is made up of different animals.
This cat, however, couldn’t be less monstrous – and it seems that chimeras aren’t perhaps as rare as initially believed.
In a National Geographic article, University of California professor Leslie Lyons claims that most male tortoiseshell cats are in facts chimeras – their fur indicating that they have an extra x chromosome.
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Describing the method of working out if a cat is a chimera, professor Lyons said: ‘We can do a DNA fingerprint—just like on CSI—and the DNA from one side of the body should be different than the other.’