Incredibly rare hermaphrodite kitten turns up at UK shelter

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Incredibly Rare Hermaphrodite Kitten Turns Up At UK Shelter

Adorable kittens are certainly not an uncommon sight, but one in particular has turned out to be a rather rare creature.

The little cat is a hermaphrodite, having both male and female reproductive parts.

Staffers at Cats Protection, an organization in the U.K. that handles adoptions, were incredibly surprised when they examined the kitty, who is named Bellini.

Said Cats Protection's St Helen's Adoption Centre Manager Sonia Scowcroft, "I have seen over 3,000 cats during my time at Cats Protection and only seen one other hermaphrodite cat. I certainly never thought I'd see two... We have got used to calling Bellini a boy, but really it is up to his new owner to decide what they think is best. Either way, he is an absolute cutie pie and will make a really lovely pet."

Though Bellini would not have been able to reproduce regardless, the kitten was neutered, as the procedure can greatly diminish the risk of cats developing a bevy of health problems.

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