Friday, October 7, 2011


From left to right: Frank and Louie
Meet Frank and Louie - one very lucky feline who was rescued from euthanasia as a kitten. His breeder knew that Janus cats (cats born with two faces) rarely survive their first few days, so he brought the kitty to the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in Boston to put him to sleep before he suffered for too long. A cat loving lady who was working at the clinic, Marty Stevens, decided to adopt the kitten and try to save his life.
Janus, the Roman god of beginnings and transitions
It worked! Twelve years later, Frank and Louie has been recognized in the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest living Janus cat in the world.

What a lovely portrait! I wonder what the people at JC Penney's thought.
Frank and Louie has two noses, two mouths, and three eyes, the middle of which doesn't work. Frank does all the work when it comes to eating, since Louie does not have a lower jaw and has consequently had his teeth removed. Marty reports that he is a very friendly and loving cat. She is even able to take him for walks around their neighborhood in Worcester, Massachusetts. I wish my cat would do that!
Frank and Louie with optimistic owner Marty Stevens
This kitty is an amazing animal for so many reasons. Props to you, and happy belated birthday! Keep on keepin' on, Frank and Louie!

Watch the AP video of Frank, Louie, and Marty here.

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