Oldest Two Faced Cat Breaks Record

09/28/2011

Meet Frankie and Louie, the two cats faces belonging to the oldest living "Janus" or two-faced cat on record.  They (he?) have reached the ripe age of twelve, earning them a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. 

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Janus-catJanus cats are named after the Roman god of doorways and transitions, who also sports two faces.  They suffer from a congenital condition known as diprosopus, which causes the animal to form a duplicate of its face while in the womb.  (Given the subject of this blog is "animal oddities" I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that the name of the gene responsible for diprosopus is called "sonic hedgehog homolog" after the video game character.)

Most Janus cats don't live more than a few days.  Frankie and Louie have figured out to to share a body and have been thriving since 1999.

Learn more about "Frankenlouie" in this segment from Weird True & Freaky:

 

 

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