A one-of-a-kind cat with four ears, nicknamed Batman, has been adopted after he was brought to a shelter in Pennsylvania a month ago.
The black cat has a rarely seen genetic mutation and had been cared for by the Humane Society in Western Pennsylvania from 12 July until his new owner adopted him earlier this week.
Three-year-old Batman, with his extra set of ears, may well be the only such cat in existence today, however the same genetic mutation has been recorded back in 1938 in Ashtabula, Ohio, with a four-eared cat named Toots.
Three-year-old cat Batman has an extra set of ears due to a rare genetic mutation. Shelter veterinarian Dr. Todd Blauvelt commented that “it doesn’t really affect his hearing”.
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Batman had to be treated for an upper respiratory infection before becoming available for adoption.
Then on Tuesday, the shelter shared a video ad of him on Facebook. The charity said:
The mutation has been studied and is argued to be a recessive gene mutation needed from both parents in order to produce four ears.
Batman was adopted after he was brought into the Humane Society by an owner who had several cats. Dr Todd Blauvelt said the cat (pictured) has “two little ear tufts behind his ear”.
Hala Nuemah, managing director of the Western PA Humane Society, wrote on Facebook:
Batman would do well in a house with or without animals as he came from a house with several animals. He is a very friendly and love cheek rubs.
Dr. Todd Blauvelt told CBS News:
He’s a really cool cat. He’s really nice. Really affectionate.
He has a very rare congenital defect. It doesn’t really affect his hearing. He can hear just fine.
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