Viral sensation Venus the two-toned cat still going strong

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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?

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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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Viral sensation Venus the two-toned cat still going strong
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured: Grumpy Cat -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 31: Grumpy Cat attends day 3 of the 2014 Bookexpo America at The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on May 31, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 31: Grumpy Cat attends day 3 of the 2014 Bookexpo America at The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on May 31, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 13: Grumpy Cat attends the 2014 MTV Movie Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on April 13, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR FRISKIES - Friskies® “official spokescat,” Grumpy Cat helped announce the third annual “The Friskies” awards for the best Internet cat videos of the year during VidCon at the Anaheim Convention Center, Friday, June 27, 2014, in Anaheim, Calif. Fans can enter "The Friskies" at www.TheFriskies.com. (Bret Hartman/AP Images for Friskies)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR FRISKIES - Friskies® kicks off its search to find the next Internet cat superstar with the third annual “The Friskies” awards for the best Internet cat videos of the year with brand “spokescat” Grumpy Cat and YouTube celebrity Rafi Fine of The Fine Bros. during VidCon at the Anaheim Convention Center, Friday, June 27, 2014, in Anaheim, Calif. Fans can enter "The Friskies" at www.TheFriskies.com. (Bret Hartman/AP Images for Friskies)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR FRISKIES - Friskies® “official spokescat,” Grumpy Cat helped announce the third annual “The Friskies” awards, for the best Internet cat videos of the year, during VidCon at the Anaheim Convention Center, Friday, June 27, 2014, in Anaheim, Calif. Fans can enter "The Friskies" at www.TheFriskies.com. (Bret Hartman/AP Images for Friskies)
Grumpy Cat, an Internet celebrity cat whose real name is Tardar Sauce, is photographed on Friday April 4, 2014 in New York. Known for her facial expression, her owner Tabatha Bundesen says that Grumpy Cat's permanently grumpy-looking face is due to feline dwarfism. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR FRISKIES - Friskies® kicks off its search to find the next Internet cat superstar with the third annual “The Friskies” - awards for the best Internet cat videos of the year – with brand “spokescat” Grumpy Cat, YouTube celebrities The Fine Bros., Grace Helbig, Zach King, Will Braden and Jesse Wellens during VidCon at the Anaheim Convention Center, Friday, June 27, 2014, in Anaheim, Calif. Fans can enter "The Friskies" at www.TheFriskies.com. (Bret Hartman/AP Images for Friskies)
In this undated photo provided by Nestle Purina PetCare is Grumpy Cat. It probably won't affect her famous mood, but Grumpy Cat now has an endorsement deal. The St. Louis-based company announced Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, the frown-faced Internet sensation, real name Tardar Sauce, is now the "spokescat" for a Friskies brand of cat food. (AP Photo/Nestle Purina PetCare)
Grumpy Cat, an Internet celebrity cat whose real name is Tardar Sauce, is photographed on Friday April 4, 2014 in New York. Known for her facial expression, her owner Tabatha Bundesen says that Grumpy Cat's permanently grumpy-looking face is due to feline dwarfism. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
Grumpy Cat, an Internet celebrity cat whose real name is Tardar Sauce, is photographed on Friday April 4, 2014 in New York. Known for her facial expression, her owner Tabatha Bundesen says that Grumpy Cat's permanently grumpy-looking face is due to feline dwarfism. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
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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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