In December last year, in South Africa, a Christmas miracle occurred when a special little kitty was born. The kitten was named Bettie Bee and you can visit her Facebook profile here. When you do, you will almost immediately pick up on exactly why Bettie Bee caused such a stir!
Bettie Bee was born with two heads!
The pictures posted by her owner show a remarkable case of craniofacial duplication (also known as Janus cat) where poor Bettie Bee was born with two faces, and not just one. Cats born with this disorder often struggle to breathe and in the case of Bettie Bee feeding was a major problem too. She was not able to readily suckle so her owner, after taking her to a veterinarian for cats, was forced to tube feed her instead.
“She is thriving, growing like a normal kitten,” her owner told reporters. “She has been to the vet when she was one day old. We decided it’s best to take her back for scans etc. when she is a bit bigger.”
As you can see the pictures are amazing! But unfortunately while Bettie Bee’s life was a miracle, it was not a long-lived one. Bettie Bee passed away in late December at just 16 days old after she developed pneumonia, caused by some milk being coughed up into her lungs. While the story has a sad ending it’s important to remember how incredible it is that Bettie Bee was born at all, let alone that she survived as long as she did. The owner has left her Facebook page up to act as an important reminder of kittens born with disabilities, and the need to take extra special care of them.