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    Cyclops Kitten...really!

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    PORTLAND, Oregon (Jan. 11) - A photo of a one-eyed kitten named Cy drew more than a little skepticism when it turned up on various Web sites, but medical authorities have a name for the bizarre condition.

    Traci Allen, AP
    Cy, short for Cyclops, was born with only one eye and no nose. It died in December after living for just one day.

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    "Holoprosencephaly" causes facial deformities, according to the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke, part of the National Institutes of Health. In the worst cases, a single eye is located where the nose should be, according to the institute's Web site.

    Traci Allen says the kitten she named Cy, short for Cyclops, was born the night of Dec. 28 with the single eye and no nose.

    "You don't expect to see something like that," the 35-year-old Allen said by telephone from her home in Redmond in central Oregon.

    Allen said she stayed up all night with the deformed kitten on her recliner, feeding Cy a liquid formula through a syringe. She says she cared for the kitten the next day as well, until it died that evening.

    Allen had taken digital pictures that she provided to The Associated Press. Some bloggers have questioned the authenticity of the photo distributed on Jan. 6.

    AP regional photo editor Tom Stathis said he took extensive steps to confirm the one-eyed cat was not a hoax. Stathis had Allen ship him the memory card that was in her camera. On the card were a number of pictures - including holiday snapshots, and four pictures of a one-eyed kitten. The kitten pictures showed the animal from different perspectives.

    Fabricating those images in sequence and in the camera's original picture format, from the varying perspectives, would have been virtually impossible, Stathis said.

    Meanwhile, Cy the one-eyed cat may be dead, but it has not left the building.

    Allen said she's keeping the cat's corpse in her freezer for now, in case scientists would like it for research.

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    Poor kitty! I'm guessing the mother cat rejected it. If she's claiming to still have the body then I'm sure it's true.

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    That is really sad.... that poor kitten.

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    absolutely heart-breaking.

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    Poor kitten! But fascinating! Too bad it didn't survive.

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    Awwww, what a shame he didn't make it. Wouldn't that have been cool?

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    No! The other cats would make fun of him!


    RIP little kitty

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenEyedGirl
    Awwww, what a shame he didn't make it. Wouldn't that have been cool?
    I thought he was darling---

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    Quote Originally Posted by Linda7NJ
    No! The other cats would make fun of him!


    RIP little kitty

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    Although all reports are that this is not a farce, some things bothered me about the photo.

    Newborn kittens are born with their eyes closed, not wide open. Also, the kittens eye was brown. Ever see a kitten with brown eyes?

    I'm still not convinced it was real.


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    Quote Originally Posted by weekender
    Although all reports are that this is not a farce, some things bothered me about the photo.

    Newborn kittens are born with their eyes closed, not wide open. Also, the kittens eye was brown. Ever see a kitten with brown eyes?

    I'm still not convinced it was real.
    I tend to agree with you. I've had lots of litters of kittens and have never seen one with brown eyes (they typically have blue like newborn human babies) and their eyes stay shut for quite a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NewMom2003
    I tend to agree with you. I've had lots of litters of kittens and have never seen one with brown eyes (they typically have blue like newborn human babies) and their eyes stay shut for quite a while.
    I dont know if it is a real picture or not, and I agree with the normal blue eyes, and shut when born........but, this IF REAL, this little guy isnt a "NORMAL" little kitty to begin with.

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    I'm not all that sure this kitten could close that eye - it looks too large. And the eye doesn't seem to have any color - it's all a birth defect, probably nothing works. The poor kitten didn't survive more than a day.



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