Pretty Kitty!: Chimera Cat Is Its Own Fraternal Twin

August 22, 2012

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This is Venus, a three year old chimera cat. WTF is a chimera cat? CUTE AS A BUTTON.

Chimera cat is one individual organism, but genetically its own fraternal twin. A chimera is typically formed from four parent cells (either two fertilized eggs, or two early embryos that have fused together). When the organism forms, the cells that had already begun to develop in the separate embryos keep their original phenotypes and appearances. This means that the resulting animal is a mixture of tissues and can look like this gorgeous (but bizarre) kitty.

Man, now I want a pet chimera cat. Or -- OR -- a chupacabra. How much do you think I could charge people to see that? Also, how convincing do you think a dog with horns glued to the top of its head would be? I only ask because Chloe is already pretty scrappy looking.

Hit the jump for several more shots and a video of the pretty kitty.

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via If***inglovescience on Facebook

Thanks to GLiTCH, who dated a chimera girl once. Mmmm, love that exotic look...I think.

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