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Viral sensation Venus the two-toned cat still going strong

Viral Sensation Venus The Two-Toned Cat Still Going Strong


Two-toned cats aren't really all that strange to see, but what about a two-toned cat with two different eye colors and a face that looks like two cats were combined into one?



Meet Venus the cat. As you can see she has a very distinct face, with black fur and a green eye on one side, and brown fur and a blue eye on the other. Venus was a stray cat before her owner found her back in 2012 wandering around a North Carolina dairy farm.



Venus quickly became a viral sensation. She, along with her owners Chris and Christine, even stopped by NBC that year to put to rest any rumors that Venus's coloring wasn't authentic.

"Skeptics out there saying you painted her face -"
"We've heard everything from Photoshop to that we dyed her face."
"We can verify, she's 100 percent authentically all kitty, no dye."

So then what type of cat is Venus? It turns out, she may be a mixture of a lot of different breeds of house cat, according to Christina.

Venus's veterinarian believes she is calico-haired underneath, with tortoiseshell fur on the top, and then a mix of orange tabby and black tuxedo thrown in for good measure.

Now Venus hasn't been DNA tested, but that conclusion would mean she is a 'chimera' cat.

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According to Merriam-Webster, a chimera was a mythological monster made up of several different animals, including a lion, a goat and a snake. Nowadays, a chimera is any type of animal comprised of at least two different types of DNA.

But National Geographic spoke with a professor of cat genetics who says Venus may not necessarily be a chimera, since chimeras tend to be mostly male. Instead she believes Venus's distinct face may have occurred because "the black coloration was randomly activated in all the cells on one side of her face, while the orange coloration was activated on the other, and the two patches met at the midline of her body as she developed."

One thing Venus's owners are pretty sure about, though: she's one of a kind. ABC reports that, "To date, I don't know of any other cat who has as perfect of a line and the two different colored eyes." ​

People all around the world seem to think she's pretty special too. Venus's Facebook page has more than 200,000 likes, while her Instagram account, where new pictures and videos of her are posted almost daily, has around 150,000 followers.

And she even has her very own plush toy. We think it's safe to say that Venus is pretty much the queen of all Internet cats.

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dwtomczyk July 09 2014 at 7:09 AM

awsome cat

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bawnotbb July 09 2014 at 9:41 AM

Looks like Frank Gorshin from that episode of Star Trek.

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Gil July 09 2014 at 6:53 AM

I always knew cats have split personalities.

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deejunebug July 09 2014 at 9:22 AM

Not only is it odd that Venus has two different colored eyes...I think it's even more unique that her nose is both pink and black...

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Kate deejunebug July 09 2014 at 12:28 PM

Bi eyes are actually quite common. Both Malamute and Siberian huskies frequently have two different colored eyes.

The nose coloration goes with the fur; no marmalade cat would have a black nose.

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Madeye deejunebug July 09 2014 at 4:44 PM

We used to have a family of white cats with one green eye and one blue eye. Genetics are so cool sometimes.

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darkcloudstonite July 09 2014 at 12:36 PM

Sorry but have to call BS on this, this is an obvious dye job...the mistake was in drawing a straight line down the center of the face and including the nose and mouth...a good reporter would have snipped off some hair for analysis

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phpoling July 09 2014 at 1:21 PM

I have seen it before and it's beautiful cat! Beautiful!

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take20pct July 09 2014 at 10:15 AM

a hoax (and a good one)

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bawnotbb July 09 2014 at 9:39 AM

KItty!

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IBruzEZ July 09 2014 at 8:40 AM

Years ago there was a cat near my home that was "split" on both sides. One side was orange tabby, one side black and white. It wasn't just her face but he whole body. Researchers from U of Penn tried to steal her to do DNA testing. The owners had to be very careful of their kitty.!!

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ga7smi IBruzEZ July 09 2014 at 9:23 PM

because it was a fraud

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paulhloeb July 09 2014 at 8:30 PM

We have a 2 faced President, why not a 2 faced cat?

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Lisa paulhloeb July 09 2014 at 10:18 PM

Some people... they have to bring politics into EVERYTHING!

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pj512 paulhloeb July 09 2014 at 10:50 PM

This is what I absolutely "love" about Obama haters. The ability to inject their hatred into every story. Well done, paulhloeb, well done.

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