Tuesday, 4 September 2012
September 4, 2012: One Interesting Thing - A Cat With A Two Coloured Face
This reminds me of an episode of the old "Star Trek" TV series. It was called "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield" and it dealt with two members of an alien race - Bele and Lokai - whose skin colour was divided perfectly in half - one side black and one side white. The cat below is named Venus. She's more black and orange rather than black and white, but I did think of the Star Trek episode, because of the perfectly straight line down her face between the two colours. She would be Bele - he also was black on the right side. As I recall, Star Trek gave no explanation of why the inhabitants of the planet Cheron would be bi-colored. They just were. Venus is also a bit of a mystery. Some reports have identified Venus as a "chimera" - a mythical monster made up of parts of two different beings. Clearly she's a cat and not a monster - and she's all cat. But the speculation is that her cells contain two different types of DNA, which is caused when two embryos fuse together. Apparently this isn't that rare among male cats, but it is among female cats. And no one can really explain why Venus looks like this. The reports that I've read include a lot of use of words like "perhaps," "maybe," and "possibly" among others. Even more unique than her two coloured face, though, is that she has one blue eye. Cat eyes are usually yellow or green, but they're not usually blue. Leslie Lyons is a professor at the University of California in Davis who studies the genetics of domestic cats. Her response to Venus: "She is a bit of a mystery." But she's also darn cute! Bele would probably love to have her as a pet!
And here's Bele: