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Animals with Heterochromia

As you may have noticed, these furry friends have truly beautiful and unique eye coloring. This difference in eye color – in humans or animals – is known as heterochromia. Usually found in the iris, heterochromia can also affect the hair or skin. Heterochromia occurs due to a relative excess or lack of the pigment melanin. Most likely to be inherited, heterochromia results from genetic mosaicism (cells with different genotypes) or can be due to disease or injury. Irises with this condition are either hyper-pigmented or hypo-pigmented. Heterochromia of the eye also comes in two packages: complete heterochromia, where one iris is a different color from the other, and partial heterochromia, where part of one iris is a different color from the rest of it. Partial heterochromia is less common – and less eye catching.
Although fairly rare in humans, complete heterochromia is more common in other species, and almost always involves one blue eye – often found in a white patch, where melanin is lacking from the skin and hair. Cats are one of the most commonly affected species, especially breeds like Turkish Van and Turkish Angora. Known colloquially as odd-eyed cats, these stunning felines are usually white or mostly white, with one blue peeper and one normal eye of copper, orange, yellow or green. As for dogs, complete heterochromia is commonly observed in Siberian Huskies, the eyes of which are normally light blue, dark blue, amber, or brown. It’s these unique differences in nature that display life’s true beauty and these animals are living proof.

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The Transforming Cat Candle

PyroPet is a family of animal shaped candles that each reveal a surprise within as they burn. The first PyroPet product is a cute little cat called “Kisa”. (“Kisa” means “kitty” in Icelandic). A cute cat shaped candle reveals a grinning metallic skeleton inside. The candles are available to pre-order on Kickstarter.

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The Demon Cat of Washington DC

The ghost cat or ‘Demon Cat’ is a popular story. This creature haunts the basement of the Capitol building at night, usually spotted around the hall between the Crypt of the Capitol and the Old Supreme Court Chamber. Tourists can even see little paw prints on the floors of this hallway if they look close enough. The story goes that Capitol Hill, then Jenkins Hill, was once the home of a den of black cats, but once construction of the Capitol began (in 1794) the cat’s den was destroyed along with the family of cats. The mother cat now roams the halls of the basement of the Capitol building where presumably the den was located, searching for her young. Even though there are no unattended pets allowed in the Capitol, late night staffers and visitors have noticed an animal making quick dashes around this area of the building. The cat’s paw-prints beneath the Samuel Morse memorial can bee seen in the second picture.

Sightings of the creature have mysteriously been followed by tragic occurrences throughout the United States. One such account tells of a Capitol Police officer who noticed a quick black dash across the floor. As he moved closer to catch a glimpse of the animal, its shadow grew bigger and more menacing. Then, quickly, it disappeared. The next day, 1 November 1918, a story in the newspaper described the worst rapid transit system accident in New York City with over 90 deaths.

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World’s Oldest Pet Cemetery, Paris
On the outskirts of Paris hides a historical curiosity: the world’s oldest pet cemetery. Built in 1899, at the height of fashionable decadence in France, this enclave of the obedient and the dead caters exclusively to the rich and animal obsessed. Among Cimetière des Chiens‘ notable residents is original show-biz dog Rin Tin Tin and the pet lion of a wealthy feminist – but what marks this cemetery out is its abundance of statues. Dogs, cats, horses and even monkeys stare down at visitors, as if still waiting for their owners to come and reclaim them after all this time. Strange, oddly chilling and not a little silly, Paris’s vast monument to its house-trained dead is a bizarre alternative to its more-famous cousins.

Bizarre Breeds of Hairless Cats

Sphynx Cat — Sphynx cats came about when a single hairless kitten, who was born in Canada in 1966, was mated with his mother. Today Sphynxes are still rare, although the breed is more genetically sound. Sphynx cats can leave greasy marks if they stay in one place for too long because their skin produces natural oils.

Ukrainian Levkoy Cat — The Ukrainian Levkoy’s profile is angular, and the breed is described as ‘dog-faced’. The smooth-skinned specimen pictured is hairless, but some Levkoys may have patches of hair or be covered in short downy fur. There are still only a few hundred around the world, although the breed is gaining popularity internationally.

Elf Cat — These cats are a new addition to the cat world. These strange looking kitties are the result of a cross between the Sphynx and the American Curl (that’s where they get those amazing ears from). Elf cats are hardier than most pure breeds. The traits they acquired from the American Curls are believed to be free of many of the genetic problems from which other purebred cats suffer.

Peterbald Cat — The Peterbald is another often, but not always, hairless breed of cat. These cats are known for their long, lean bodies, large pointed ears, and big, almond-shaped eyes. And as you can see from this photo, they also have a rather unusual characteristic for cats: webbed feet!

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Lil Bub — The Celebrity Kitten with a Positive Message

This is Lil Bub. Found in a tool shed in rural Indiana, Lil Bub was born with a series of genetic anomalies. However this little kitten is healthy and didn’t have to claw her way to fame and stardom as one the cutest kittens on the Internet. And this is no dumb beauty — Lil Bub has a positive message for the world.

Lil Bub has dwarfism. Her limbs are smaller than the rest of her body which prevents her from jumping. She is also completely toothless which causes her tongue to stick out. She also has a genetic anomaly called polydactylism which causes her to have extra toes on all of her paws.

What started as a few photos on the Internet turned into celebrity cat status – Lil Bub has over 200,000 Instagram and Facebook followers, millions of Youtube viewers, her own web TV show with guest celebrities, a book: Lil Bub’s Lil Book, and an award-winning documentary: Lil Bub and Friendz.

More importantly, Lil Bub spreads the message that being different is beautiful. Some of her fans have said that her message has helped them get through difficult times. Sometimes it takes an Internet cat to remind us of what is important in life.

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