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The cat with two faces: British short hair has a flawless split of grey and black facial fur

Chimera Cat

This adorable cat was born with a flawless split of grey and black fur divided almost perfectly down the middle of her face

- Adorable cat was born in France with a flawless split of grey and black fur down the middle of her face
- Rare markings on the striking British short hair are thought to be the result of two embryos fusing together
- While the cause of its appearance is not known, other felines with a similar look are known as chimera cats

From The Daily Mail Online

This adorable cat was born with a flawless split of grey and black fur divided almost perfectly down the middle of her face. The rare markings on the British short hair, pictured at her home in France, are thought to be the result of two embryos fusing together. She has both light grey and black fur on her face, separated evenly in a remarkably straight line.

While the exact cause of this pet's striking appearance is not known, other felines with this mysterious look are known as chimera cats, which are the result of the merging of two fertilised eggs, or two early embryos in the mother's womb. Each of the separate two-parent cells has already started developing before the merge, meaning that their established physical features may already come through. Although it is a rare occurrence, chimeras can occur across many species - including humans - but most don't realise they even have the condition. The signs can be subtle, such as patches of different coloured hair.

The name chimera comes from the monster of Greek mythology made of lions, goats and snakes. 

Chimera Cat

While the exact cause of this pet's incredible appearance is not known, other felines with this mysterious look are known as chimera cats

Chimera Cat

Even split: The adorable pet has black fur on most of its body. Her appearance is thought to be the result of two embryos fusing together

Chimera Cat

The striking British short hair, pictured at her home in France, has unique markings that are thought to be the result of two embryos fusing together

Chimera Cat in Box

The cat was born with light grey on one side of its face and black fur on the other while it also has white paws and a patch of white beneath its jaws

All images and description dialogue courtesy & © of Caters News Agency / Pictures by Jean-Michel Labat and original story here

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