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Rescue kitten with physical quirk is taking the internet by storm

Kurduroy was found living on the streets with his mum and three siblings. But a facial deformity made him stand out from the bunch - and has since made him a social media celebrity!

By Justine Seraphin , 27 Jun 2020

When rescuers from Kolony Kats Philadelphia noticed a queen who had clearly given birth just recently, they decided to follow her.

A family of survivors

The mother cat lead them to an abandoned house where she’d had her kittens in a box. The rescuers were shocked to see what conditions the little feline family had been living in, and knew they had to do something to help.

But the biggest surprise came when the rescuers saw the kittens from up close: one of them seemed to be winking at them!

Special on the outside, and on the inside

In fact, Kurduroy, as he was later named, actually has a cleft palate, which causes the split lip. He also suffers from anophthalmia, which means he was born with only one eye – giving him a permanent wink!

After thorough examination though, it was determined that none of these physical deformities would cause Kurduroy any health issues in the future. He’ll live a normal cat life – that is, internet celebrity aside!

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