Wednesday Creature Feature ~ June 17, 2020

Meet Biscuits and Gravy, the two-faced Kitten Born in Oregon!

A family from Oregon were already expecting a new litter of kittens any day so when Kyla went to go check one morning, sure enough, kittens! As she started checking them all out she came face to face with a kitten that looked just a little bit different. It had four eyes, two noses, and two mouths.

Kyla reached out to their vet to learn more about the kitten’s condition, how to care for it and its odds of survival. She learned there wasn’t much to be done medically for the tiny creature. All she could do was make it comfortable and help it eat.

 

Cats with two faces are known as “Janus” cats, after the Roman god Janus often depicted with two faces in mythology. They suffer from a rare congenital defect called disprosopus, or cranial duplication. Most Janus cats don’t live longer than a day but one defied the odds. His name was “Frank and Louie” and he passed away in 2014 at the age of 15. The Guinness Book of World Records named him the world’s longest surviving Janus cat.

The Kings’ special kitten appears to be doing well but they’re taking the situation day-by-day and keeping a realistic outlook.

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Millions of 17-year Cicadas will Emerge in the South, Creating ‘substantial noise issue’!

Sometime in June millions of cicadas are expected to emerge after a 17 year “hibernation”. Every 17 years cicadas crawl up from the ground in parts of the south. But most will be one by July.

Communities and farms with large numbers of cicadas emerging at once may have a substantial noise issue,” Eric Day, an entomologist in Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences said in statement. “Hopefully, any annoyance at the disturbance is tempered by just how infrequent — and amazing — this event is.

 

Much remains unknown about the creature, like why the periodical cicadas emerge on 13 or 17 year cycles. Theories suggest it could be as a way to avoid predators.

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Our Beluga Calf’s Sex and Name Reveal!

 

 

 

 

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Editor ~ Chelsea Dugger

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