Usually, when you call someone “two-faced” it’s far from a compliment. It usually means someone who is insincere and deceitful. That’s not always the case, though. When a kitty was born in South Africa with two faces, it made everyone do a double-take.
A popular comedienne made an old joke popular when someone referred to a person she didn’t like as two-faced.
She agreed and said, “You’d think with two faces, she wouldn’t choose to wear that one.”
A cat-owner in Eastern Cape, South Africa got the surprise of a lifetime when her mama cat gave birth:
One of the kittens had a rare disorder called craniofacial duplication, which is a type of conjoined twinning.
In layman’s terms, the kitten is two-faced. But physically, not personality-wise! Yes, she literally has two faces.
Sadly, such amazing animals don’t live very long.
The longest living cat with two faces was a boy cat named “Frank and Louie” (or “Frankenlouie, making reference to “Frankenstein”) who lived to be 14.
He was also the first to go into the Guiness Book of World Records.
This little South African kitty has been named Bettie Bee and when her owner first saw her, she was stunned.
She hadn’t known such a thing was possible and when the newborn kitten looked up at her, the shocked owner thought she was literally seeing double!
Three eyes, two mouths, two noses. One head. One body.
But she knew Bettie Bee was in trouble when she realized she wasn’t getting any nutrition.
Bettie Bee is 1 week today, a very content baby with a full tummy
Posted by Bettie Bee on Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Not knowing how all her internal organs hooked up to that unusual face, she knew she had to call for help. Fast.
Sadly, the veterinarian she contacted told her to immediately euthanize the baby. The prognosis isn’t good for such animals and he told her it would avoid a lot of heartbreak later on.
Luckily, however, she found someone who had experience in raising special need kitties.
The rescuer took over the care of Bettie Bee immediately and they ignored the vet’s warnings. They were going to give Bettie Bee every chance at as normal a life as possible!
6 days today
Posted by Bettie Bee on Monday, December 18, 2017
The kitten has to be tube-fed because neither mouth is fully functional. That means someone has to be with her around the clock, as baby animals usually require feeding every two hours.
By the time you get it fed, cleaned and “burped” it’s time to start all over. It quickly becomes a full-time job.
Full time job
But Bettie Bee’s rescuer knew that and fully accepted the responsibility.
She was convinced that Bettie Bee was going to join her predecessors in the record books!
Sleepy baby, 11 days today
Posted by Bettie Bee on Saturday, December 23, 2017
When asked why she didn’t follow the vet’s advice to euthanize she replied:
“But she was, at one day old then, very feisty. We wanted to give her a chance. And she’s been thriving.“
Bettie Bee eats heartily (still via tube-feeding) and purrs with both mouths.
“Taking care of her isn’t much different than taking care of other newborn kittens,” her rescuer told TODAY via email. “Her personality is very full of life and feisty from the first day.
She is also very happy and purrs a lot, especially after each feeding when her tummy is full.”
Bettie Bee has amassed quite a growing community of online fans that share her rescuer’s sentiment.
They are all enjoying watching her grow and enjoy life like a normal kitten!
“I’m taking it day by day and hope she will continue to thrive … for many years.
It’s wonderful to see how many people are rooting for her,” her savior said.
Unfortunately, no matter how dilligently Bettie Bee’s mom took care of her — there’s only so much one can do. Only 16 short days after Bettie Bee was born, she developed pneumonia.
Bettie Bee is an angel now. I took her to the Vet to let her go peacefully. I'm shattered 😭She was doing great until 2…
You see, because she struggled to eat, Bettie Bee ended up with some fluid in her lungs. Her human mama didn’t want her to suffer, so she laid sweet Bettie to rest.