Cute Overload :D
(*Headline = 1960s pop culture reference.)
This is Venus, and she is a “Chimera Cat” living in North Carolina. As her FB page suggests, “0% Photoshopped, 100% Born This Way! :).” Below, Venus poses with her Gund lookalike.
OBviously they’re from the planet Ariannus as you can tell….
Lor I’m a nerd.
Gorgeous kitty! I always love seeing kitty markings-I’ve fallen in love with those of my calico kitty’s, so I named her Opal.
@Kar: Yep first thing I thought, too, fellow nerd! 😉 “Let That be Your Last Battlefield” was the episode. ( I love all those creative ST titles!) But…being such a nerd, I had to double check the name of their planet, and it was “Charon”–Ariannus was where the Enterprise was _supposed_ to be going. I give you full nerd credit, tho, for remembering ANY planet! 🙂 🙂
I’m fascinated by how Venus’ marmalade spills into the dark half of her face and her tortoise spills into her marmalade half.
This is just about the most beautiful cat I have seen on this site.
Is a “chimera” an actual thing? I’m feeling discombobulated by this kitteh. Send the defibrimaglitterer stat!
Ambrose- They may take our catnip mice, but they will never take our Freedom!
What a unique, beautiful face! 🙂
Is it too late to make a Phantom of the Opera joke? :V
Yes. Chimeras are the result of two zygotes literally melding together in the womb. You know how blue-eyed white male cats are often deaf? There are half blue-eyed white/half something else toms that are only deaf on the blue-eyed side. It’s absolutely fascinating but waaaaay beyond my pay grade. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chimera_%28genetics%29
@6rabbits and kar
… and I remember that Frank Gorshin was in that ep of ST! 🙂
She’s gorgeous. How do her humans get anything done? I’d just sit and admire her all day.
I’m a ST nerd from Day 1 – that was a looooong time ago…. but did not make the connection right away. Thanks, fellow nerds @Saffron and @6rabbits and @Kar for helping my fading memory. Now I do recall Frank Gorshin!
And Venus’ bicolor gaze is mesmerizing. “getting sleepy*
Chimera is an actual thing. Even though her FB page calls her a chimera, it also says her appearance is a genetic mutation, and not “true chimera”. Just if you were wondering.
Oh I love that cat
The Wikipedia entry on “tortoiseshell cat” is a good place to start As it mentions, the
“split face” pattern with black on one side of the face and orange on the other” is fairly common; the differing eye color is a different genetic issue.
Oh 😀 Venus looks so pretty 😀