Duo is like other cats in a lot of ways. She loves to play, eat, and run around the house. She’s got an enthusiasm for life that just can’t be beat.
While at first glance, Duo may appear like a regular cat, a closer look may have you doing a double-take. She was born with a rare congenital defect called disprosopus (the Greek word for two-faced), also known as craniofacial duplication.
Essentially, she was born with two faces on one head.
According to The Embryo Project Encyclopedia, some born with the condition simply have two of one feature, like two noses for example.
Article continues below
Our Featured Programs
See how we’re making a difference for People, Pets, and the Planet and how you can get involved!
Duo, however, is an extreme case since she has two mouths, two noses, and four eyes – a fully duplicated face.
When Duo was born, her owners immediately took her to the California veterinarian Dr. Ralph Tran. He shared on Instagram, “the day I first met her when she was a few hours old. I had serious doubts she would live for a few hours.” Not only did she live for a few hours, but she’s now a few years!
She’s had her share of complications, but she’s proven to be a fighter and recently celebrated her 2nd birthday.
What’s more amazing is Dr. Ralph Tran never left her side. He ended up adopting the little kitten and giving her a fighting chance at life and a loving forever home.
In an interview with Inside Edition, he said, “She loves life, she loves to play, she takes whatever is thrown at her and makes the best of it.” What an inspiration!
Watch the video below:
You can keep up with Duo on Instagram where she posts regular updates about her life and, of course, some adorable photos.
Help Rescue Animals
Provide food and vital supplies to shelter pets at The Animal Rescue Site for free! →