CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The kitten born with two faces in Charleston on Wednesday has been seen by an area veterinarian.
Two Face's owner took the deformed kitten to North Gateway Animal Hospital shortly after it was born. She told the hospital that the mother cat refused to nurse the kitten.
Dr. Erica Drake, the associate veterinarian who saw Two Face, said it is common for mother animals to ignore their weaker offspring.
"Animals with defects, whether it be a heart defect or something extreme - it is common for the mother to reject the weak ones," Drake said Friday.
Two Face was born with a condition called diprosopus, which means the kitten literally has two faces. Two Face has four eyes, two noses and two mouths.
"As far as I understand, it's a defect in a protein synthesis that causes a mutation that leads to two faces," Drake said. "It's hard to know if it's just two faces or if it's a conjoined twin."
Drake said the kitten's two mouths act independently of one another and she believes each mouth has a separate esophagus leading to one stomach.
However, she said, it is hard to know the kitten's internal anatomy without an X-ray. She said not knowing about any defects that could be associated with internal organs makes it hard for her to give the kitten a definite prognosis.