A family in Oregon had an unusual surprise when their cat gave birth to a kitten with two faces on one head.
Kyla King said her 1-year old barn cat gave birth to a litter of six kittens last week. She soon realized the runt of the litter had two mouths, two noses, and four eyes.
King and her family named the peculiar kitten Biscuits and Gravy, or Biscuit for short.
Though the birth defect is rare, it is not the first case of diprosopus or craniofacial duplication. The condition in cats are referred to as Janus cats, after the Roman god that is depicted with two faces.
King said that Biscuit was rejected by her mother, so King has been hand-rearing and feeding the kitten until it is old enough for a full veterinary exam to determine Biscuit’s chances of survival.
Janus cats are not typically known to survive past just a few days. However, some can survive for years if their internal organs are not drastically altered by the defect. A cat in Massachusetts named Frank and Louie was awarded the Guinness World Record for oldest Janus cats after he lived to be 15 years old. https://youtu.be/DhIK-O8VVRY