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Expect the unexpected: a found kitten turns out to be more than just a tabby

Maine Coon Lotus sits in grassland cat-wow
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It isn’t often that we come across stray kittens in the UK; in Sweden it is even rarer. But a woman from det avlånga landet did just that, and was shocked by her find.

By Nick Whittle

Published on the 06/11/2019, 16:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:38

A Swedish cat lover already had two kitties to look after. Nevertheless when she discovered Lotus the Maine Coon sitting amid the grassland that surrounds her house she knew she had to bring one more into the fold.

Lotus has been mistaken for a wildcat and a lynx, but she is in fact just another household cat, albeit three times the size of a tortoiseshell.

Lotus’s owner began an Instagram account shortly after finding the cat. 265K followers have since announced their love of Lotus.


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Maine Coon Breed

The Maine Coon is the largest of all domesticated cats. However, its size does not begat any greater aggressive traits. The cat is known kindly as the “gentle giant” and is usually playful and affectionate.

Ancestors of the Maine Coon were European. The breed closely resembles the Norwegian Forest Cat. In due course the cat found its way over to the United States (the route is still being argued about).

It is one of the oldest breeds of cat in the US and is mostly found in Maine, hence its name.


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Fun facts about the Maine Coon

There are lots of myths and legends that surround the Maine Coon.

  • The ill-fated Queen Antoinette of France who was executed in 1793 is said to have brought her prized Maine Coons with her on board a ship bound for America prior to her capture

  • Another theory about the cat's arrival in the US is that it came over with the Vikings

  • The Maine Coon is sometimes called the dog of the cat world due to its size

  • Instead of mewing Maine Coons chirp

  • The Maine Coon was the winner of the first American Cat Show in 1895

  • Unlike their other domesticated cousins Maine Coons love nothing more than a swim 


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