In spite of the odds that it would perish within a few hours of birth, a unique kitten born in northern Thailand with two faces is now thriving.
The kitten’s owner reported that it was born on Sunday in the county’s northern Lampang province and that it is currently drinking milk from both mouths.
He stated that the kitten had the names “Tung Ngern” (silver bag) on one side and “Tung Tong” on the other (bag of gold).
Owner Anuwat noticed the two-year-old mother cat was having difficulty with the second kitten after witnessing her deliver the first.
The 29-year-old was shocked when the two-faced kitten was removed during a Caesarian section at the neighborhood animal hospital in Hang Chat.
In honor of the two-faced Roman god Janus, two-faced kittens, also referred to as Janus cats, rarely survive more than a day.
Later, he told the local media that he was certain they would perish.
However, he claimed he spent the following two days taking care of the cat after witnessing it “battle for its life.”
He said: ‘I’ve hardly slept at all since it was born because it cannot hold its head up and needs constant attention.
It’s as much responsibility as having a human baby.’
He added: ‘I thought the brother was going to die. But it appears that the younger brother fought a lot for his life.
‘At first I thought I would give the kittens to someone who had taken care of such things before because I have no experience.
‘But thinking about it, no one has ever taken care of a two-faced cat before.’
The kitten with two faces, four eyes, two noses, two mouths, and two ears is stated to be doing well and enjoying milk right now.
The average lifespan of a Janus kitten is just one day, however in 1999, a grey, two-faced cat named “Frank and Louie” who was born in Massachusetts lasted an amazing 15 years.
As the longest-surviving Janus cat, the cat entered the Guinness Book of World Records in 2012.