Have you heard of a chimera cat? The best example is Narnia! Narnia, is a one-year-old kitten, with a perfectly symmetrical half black and half gray face (the traits of a chimera cat) with beautiful blue eyes that is winning over hearts left and right.
Narnia is an exotic British shorthair breed, and he's gaining attention for his exotic split face. Narnia is a true chimera cat, a feline who has two sets of DNA, the result of two embryos fusing together. In other words, a chimera cat is two fraternal twins combined in one individual.
How Chimera Cats Occur
Columbia University Professor of Genetics and Development Virginia Papaioannou explained to New Republic how a true chimera is born in the animal world.
"A chimera ... is a composite individual that was made up of cells from at least two different original embryos. If they fuse together early enough, they will become a single organism whose genetic input is from two completely different individuals. In a mosaic, there's only one individual and it just happens to have different genetic components active in its cells. A chimera would be a much more unusual and unlikely event."
Male tortoiseshell cats are typically chimeras, noticeable by their mottled dual coloring caused by fusion of two embryos with different genotypes, i.e. coloring. A cat with perfect different fur color symmetry, however, is relatively rare.
Narnia the Chimera Cat
Born on March 28, 2017, Narnia the two-faced house cat lives at the Cattery of Grace in France. Animal photographer Jean-Michel Labat started sharing photos of the kitten, instantly winning people over.
Mythological chimeras are creatures made up of different monsters. Narnia, however, is the cutest modern monster on the Internet.
"It must be the white spotting gene that's affecting her eyes, because the blue eye has a lack of melanin. This cat has white spots on the chest ... the white spotting gene, the piebald gene, is probably affecting the two eyes differently. One has a sort of normal color and one is blue, which is basically a lack of pigment."
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The boy kitten was bred by Stephanie Jimenez, who referred to Narnia as "a real small miracle, blue and black (with locket)." The "locket" is a nod to Narnia's tiny patch of fluffy white fur on his chest.
For more cute pictures of Narnia, follow him on Instagram, @amazingnarnia.
This two-faced cat is blowing up social media! This type of cat is extremely rare which is why cat lovers are losing their minds. With that in mind, a true feline chimera is a cat whose cells contain two types of DNA, caused when two embryos fuse together. Narnia, Venus, and Quimera are simply beautiful!
What do you think of chimera cats? How much do you love Narnia? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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