12-year-old 2-faced cat is world's oldest
US - Frank and Louie, a gray feline with two mouths, two noses
and three eyes, just turned 12 years old and is the world's oldest,
living two-faced cat.
Sara Wilcox, a Guinness World Records spokeswoman said he is the
"longest surviving Janus cat," referring to the name coined by British
zoologist Dr. Karl Shuker, based on the two-faced Roman god of
transitions, gates and doorways.
Frank and Louie has craniofacial duplication, an extremely rare
congenital condition. The disorder, also known as diprosopia, can cause
part or all of an individual's face to be duplicated on its head.
It has been recorded multiple times in the domestic cat, but few two-faced kittens survive into adulthood, Wilcox said.
Frank and Louie was born on September 8, 1999. His remarkable
life will be commemorated in Guinness World Records' new 2012 edition,
The cat's owner, a woman only identified as Marty, lives near
Worcester, Massachusetts. She was 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 euthanized.
The life expectancy for a two-faced cat is about four days because they usually suffer from other disorders.
"When he was first born, every day was a blessing," Marty told a local radio station on Tuesday.
She immediately adopted Frank and Louie. The cat has one brain so
both faces act in unison. Two of his eyes -- the outermost ones -- are
normal, while the middle eye is larger but doesn't function.
The cat eats on the right side, using Frank's face, which is
connected to his esophagus, while Louie's nose twitches at the same
time, his owner said.
Marty told the local radio station that the cat is more like a dog because it walks on a leash and loves car rides."