Rare two-faced kitten born in Oregon

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by CHERYL CALM

KMOV

Posted on June 12, 2013 at 12:28 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 12 at 12:37 PM

AMITY, Ore --- There was a rare birth in Amity, Oregon Tuesday morning that looks like it may have a happy ending. A tiny kitten was born with two faces, but one body and an apparently healthy set of organs.

The kitten’s owner Stephanie Durkee took the rare kitten to the vet, who checked her out and found everything in working order. There’s also nothing wrong with the newborn's lungs as she’s very vocal, according to Durkee.

The unusual female kitten was named “Deucy.” She was born at 6:11 a.m. on June 11 under the Gemini astrological sign. Durkee said she can’t help but wonder about the double coincidences surrounding Deucy’s birth.

The rare baby has been rejected by her mother, so Durkee is feeding her warmed kitten formula every two hours with a syringe. She says she’s eating well and is stronger than the other two kittens that survived their birth. Deucy stays in a dresser drawer with a heating pad and towels. 

Durkee plans to keep her rare kitten and hopes she has a long life. Cats with two faces are known as “Janus” cats. Durkee's vet told her he’s aware that four of five Janus kittens live to adulthood with the oldest known living to 12 years old.

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