Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Meet the world's oldest two-faced cat

We're used to hearing of animals setting world records by living to extraordinary old ages.

 But perhaps not animals that boast not one but two faces:

The creature, who is named Frank and Louie, hails from Massachusetts in the United States. At 12 years of age, it is now officially the world's longest surviving so-called "janus" feline.

Frank and Louie has two mouths, two noses and three eyes, but one brain, meaning its faces react in unison.

 The name "Janus cat" was coined by British zoologist Dr. Karl Shuker, based on the two-faced Roman god of transitions, gates and doorways.

 The cat's owner, a woman only identified as Marty, lives near Worcester in Massachusetts and has asked to remain anonymous. She was working as a veterinary technician in 1999 when a day-old, two-faced kitten about the size of her thumb was brought into her clinic to be euthanised. She adopted the cat and the pair have lived together ever since.

 Frank and Louie's remarkable achievement will be recorded in the 2012 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records.

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