A cat in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, gave birth to three healthy kittens last week, but her owner was surprised to see four newborn noses sniffing around her house, not three. When she looked closer, she found that one of the kittens was born with two noses, two mouths, and three eyes, a condition known as craniofacial duplication, which occurs when specific facial characteristics are duplicated in the womb.
Despite popular belief, Bettie Bee, the small kitten, was perfectly healthy. Despite the fact that nursing was tough due to her two mouths, the mother felt she needed to find someone to help her raise her child.
Bettie Bee stole her savior’s heart at one week old, and she’s doing the same to everyone who sees her on social media. She has fallen in love with everyone since she was a child.
Bettie Bee’s rescuer, who did not want to be identified, told The Dodo:
“She was born on December 12th, and the next morning I went looking for her.” That day, I took her to the vet, and her first recommendation was to put her down. But she was a feisty one-day-old baby. We wanted to see how it went. And she’s been doing well.”
Bettie Bee’s rescuer received so many comments and friend requests about her that she decided to make a fan page for her, where she can post updates as the kitten develops.
Bettie Bee is tube-fed despite having difficulty breastfeeding normally.
Some animals with this feature die before or shortly after birth, while others live long and happy lives. Frankenlouie, a two-faced cat that died in 2014, was 15 years old when he passed away.
Bettie Bee’s rescuer is certain that she will grow up strong and healthy, despite the odds.