A rare kitten born with two faces in northern Thailand has died after defying all odds and surviving for four days.
Named ‘Tung Ngern’ (bag of silver) and ‘Tung Tong’ (bag of gold), the kitten born on Sunday in the county’s northern Lampang province is reported to have passed away in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
Posting on social media, the kitten’s devastated owner said: ‘Little Tung and Ngern Tung Tong has died, everyone.
‘She has left this world. I don’t know what was wrong. She started struggling to breathe at 1am and I put the blanket over her.
‘I opened the blanket at 5:30am and she wasn’t breathing anymore. She was born on July 17 and died on July 20,’ he wrote.
‘Sleep well, Little One. You don’t need to suffer. Please be born again. We did everything we could. #HaveFunInCatHeaven’.
Two-faced kittens, which are known as Janus cats after the two-faced Roman god Janus, rarely live more than a couple of hours.
After seeing the two-year-old mum cat give birth to one kitten on Sunday, owner Anuwat saw she was struggling with the second.
Taking her to a local animal hospital in Hang Chat where vets performed a Caesarian Section, the 29-year-old was stunned when they removed the two-faced kitten.
He later told local media he was convinced they were going to die.
But after seeing the kitten ‘fight for its life’ he said he spent the next two days caring for it.
He said: ‘I’ve hardly slept at all since it was born because it cannot hold its head up and needs constant attention.
He later said the kitten was doing well and was drinking milk from both its mouths.
Although Janus kittens rarely survive for more than one day, in 1999 a grey two-faced kitten named ‘Frank and Louie’ born in Massachusetts lived for an incredible 15 years.
In 2012, the cat made the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest surviving Janus cat.