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    The Two-Faced Cat

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    Frank and Louie is a cat who was born with two faces, so he has two names. Does that mean he has 18 lives?

    It almost seems so now that he has earned a spot as the longest lived Janus cat in the new edition of the Guinness World Records (Guinness has dropped the word “book” from the name in this digital age). The cat's owner is a Worcester woman named Marty Stevens who has owned Frank and Louie since a local breeder brought him into Tufts Veterinary Clinic to be euthanized when he was a day old. Marty was a veterinary nurse at Tufts at the time and offered to take him home.

    The prognosis, however, was not good. Janus cats, named after the Roman god with two faces, are extremely rare and seldom live more than a few days after being born. Often they die within hours. But under Marty's dedicated care Frank and Louie flourished. He turned 12 years old on Sept. 8.

    Frank and Louie has two mouths, two noses and two normal eyes with one larger non-functioning eye in the center. “That was the first eye to open up when he was two days old so I had a little Cyclops for a while,” Marty said. That's not an endearing image, and, as often happens with animals and even people who are not exactly like everyone else, Frank and Louie often draws a shocked reaction from onlookers. But that first impression quickly fades.

    “He's just so affectionate and sweet he usually wins people over,” Marty said.

    The cat has two faces, but only one head and brain, so the faces react in unison and not as separate entities. Also, two faces doesn't mean two cans of cat food every morning. The cat's right side — or Frank's side — is connected to an esophagus while Louie's isn't, so Frank eats for two.

    If you look at the cat from the left he looks completely normal. Look at him from the right and he does as well. It is only when you look straight at him that you can see how unusual he is — so different he attracted worldwide attention after a local news story and video about him was picked up internationally about six years ago. One of those articles captured the attention of British cryptozoologist and science writer Karl Shuker, whose books include “From Flying Toads to Snakes with Wings: In Search of Mysterious Beasts, Bizarre Creatures and Mystery Animals” and “Mystery Cats of the World.”

    Mr. Shuker also happens to be the life sciences consultant for Guinness and it was he who submitted details of Frank and Louie for inclusion in the 2012 edition as the world's longest surviving Janus cat. It is a term, he said in an email to the Telegram, that he coined several years previously in relation to cats born with diprosopia, or two faces on a single head. Though rare, it is a phenomenon that occurs in many species, Mr. Shuker says, including humans. Mr. Shuker said he was thrilled to learn the cat was still alive when Marty tracked him down by email after finding his blog. She wanted to tell him that the cat had been included in the 2012 Guinness edition.

    She was surprised to learn it was he who submitted the cat's information.

    The Guinness entry on Frank and Louie says the cat lives in Millbury, Ohio, and had reached the age of six by 2006, the last year for which Mr. Shuker could find press accounts. The cat and Marty actually lived in Millbury before moving to Worcester.

    Even in 2006, Frank and Louie was the world's longest living Janus cat.

    As a newborn kitten the size of a hamster, he wasn't expected to live 12 days let alone 12 years. Because he had to be fed every two hours, Marty carried him in a shoebox everywhere she went, including work, feeding him with a special veterinary kitten formula. She had to put a tube down into his stomach and injected the formula with a syringe. Veterinarians advised her not to get her hopes up.

    “But every day he got stronger,” Marty said. “He just kept beating the odds.”

    There wasn't a special celebration Sept. 8 because cats, after all, aren't exactly party animals. “I just kept calling him ‘birthday boy' all day,” Marty said.

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    RE: The Two-Faced Cat

    That's so cool! ( Probably not for the cat. ) He's ( Or they're. ) hardcore!!!!!!!!! :3
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    RE: The Two-Faced Cat

    I'm actually surprised at how fine its motor skills and other functioning seems to be from the video. It's quite phenomenal. You'd think it would have so many difficulties like a lot of Siamese twins do, for instance. But it seems not far off being as able as any other cat. It just goes to show how much of a difference it can make to not give up hope. The article's from about six months ago, but I hope the cat(s) live a lot longer!
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    RE: The Two-Faced Cat

    Technically it's only one cat, as it only has one brain, etc. There's more on the condition here.

    Remarkable creature, displays no difficulty in moving or (more importantly) eating despite having what must be an incredibly warped field of vision. I do wonder though if the left 'face' serves any purpose other than housing the left eye though; it's not connected to an oesophagus, but is it connected to a trachea either?

    There's no reason now for it not to live as long as the average cat either, which is around 16 years.
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    RE: The Two-Faced Cat

    It is the result of a protein called sonic hedgehog homolog (SHH). (The unlikely-sounding name of this protein was inspired by the Sonic the Hedgehog videogame character.)
    Well, I'll be damned. Also, I'm reminded of the cat called Chase No Face. Once a perfectly healthy cat, this poor mite was in a road accident. The vets practically gave up hope, and I can't remember 100% but I think the original owners abandoned her, and then the new owner adopted her and persevered, fighting to keep her alive. And she still is, and in no pain either. Since a lot of guys aren't bad enough dudes to handle the real picture, here's some artwork of Chase:

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    RE: The Two-Faced Cat

    Oh yes, Chase.

    For all you Bad Dudes out there, here's the original photo image of the above artwork.

    There are many examples of animals surviving horrible injuries or birth defects, but it's only the really bizzare/grotesque ones that are reported to wider audiences. Remember Sam, the official "ugliest dog in the world"?
    "It turned out that the ghost was just Mr. Finley, who ran the amusement park. The spooky part is that, as soon as the ghost appeared, the teenagers' dog began to speak! And it spoke in a tortured parody of human speech: 'relp me, Raggy,' it would say. 'I am an abomination and rould re rilled. Rill re, Raggy.'"

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    RE: The Two-Faced Cat

    This "Bad Dude" clicked the link to the original picture. I wasn't expecting the artwork to have been so accurate.

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    RE: The Two-Faced Cat

    Mutant cat that woman have ! -.- You been trolled






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    RE: The Two-Faced Cat

    Wow the drawing was strikingly accurate....

    As for the OP cat, amazing. It is also fascinating yet horrifying what mutations creatures can develop and unfortunately humans are not exempt from this either. Enhanced abilities also intrigue me except that I think with animals it hasn't been explored as much since I imagine it'd be harder to detect such as people who are born with better than 20/20 vision and whatnot. Sadly, I am not one of them...

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