We first reported on Venus, the two-faced cat, two weeks ago. Venus has since had a meteoric rise to fame, both on the internet (her Facebook page has more than 50,000 fans as of this writing) and on television. A National Geographic article explores the genetics behind this beautiful cat. It turns out she is not necessarily a chimera, as was previously believed. Dr. Leslie Lyons, a professor at the University of California, Davis, who studies the genetics of domestic cats, said she’s never seen a cat exactly like Venus. “She is extremely, extremely rare,” Lyons said. “But you can explain it and you can understand it.” Venus actually may have different DNA on both sides of her body, but the only way to know for sure, according to Lyons, would be through genetic testing. Read the full story on National Geographic.
Meanwhile, Venus’s guardian is planning to use her newfound fame to help animals in need. According to a statement on Venus’ Facebook page, she is currently working with a media company.
A tortie kitten in Connecticut went on an unplanned 6-hour car ride inside a gas tank. According to Life with Cats, the kitten hitched a ride with a family who was taking their son to college in Rhode Island. They heard meows before leaving home but thought they were coming from someplace outside. They heard what sounded like purring when they stopped for gas, along with what sounded like little footsteps. When they reached Henrietta, NY the family pulled into a mechanic shop looking for help. Shop employees put the car up on the lift, removed the undercarriage covering, and found the kitten in a little alcove above the gas tank. She had made the six hour trip unscathed. Read the full story on Life with Cats.
Hollywood has gone to the cats! According to The Hollywood Reporter, the first Internet Cat Video Film Festival in Minneapolis, MN drew more than 10,000 attendees. The idea for the film festival actually started out as a joke. “It is an experiment,” said organizer Katie Czarnikie Hill, a program associate at the Walker Art Centre, where the event was hosted. “It will be interesting to see if people think it is silly, or great, or a waste of time. But I like the idea of everyone admitting they like cat videos.” The winning video, Henri 2, Paw de Deux, which we featured on a previous edition of Mews and Nips, received the Golden Kitty award. Read the full story on The Hollywood Reporter.
Today’s video made me smile because we’ve had similar encounters at our sliding glass door, but our squirrels could take some lessons in taunting from the one in the video!
Have a great weekend!
Photo sources: photo of Venus from National Geographic, photo of kitten from Life with Cats, Internet Cat Video festival logo from Hollywood Reporter