Rare 'werewolf cat' found under a bush in South Africa

Rare 'Werewolf Cat' Found Under A Bush In South Africa
Rare 'Werewolf Cat' Found Under A Bush In South Africa

A Lykoi kitten, said to be the world's rarest breed of cat, was recently rescued in Cape Town, South Africa, reports The Dodo.

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The TEARS Animal Rescue team found the little guy and have since named him Eyona.

According to the group, "The cat, found under a bush, is the only natural-born Lykoi on record in SA and one of just 35 in the world, making this one of the most exciting discoveries in the SA animal world in recent years."

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The Lykoi is a new mutation of cat with a strange appearance, and behavior more similar to a dog than a typical housecat.

Originally thought to have the Sphynx gene, tests later revealed Eyona was, in fact, a Lykoi, a feral cat.

Lyoki specialist, Dr. Johnny Gobble noted, "All of the Lykoi that started the breed were found in very similar situations. We have some from shelters, some from feral cat colony trap and release programmes, and some that were found on the streets. This is why we call the Lykoi a second chance breed."

Eyona himself is getting a second chance at TEARS Animal Rescue and there are no plans to rehome him.

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