The word “chimera” has been known to us since childhood: the so-called mythical creatures with the head and neck of a lion, the body of a goat and the tail of a snake. For many of us, this concept has a negative connotation – remember at least the famous chimeras of Notre Dame Cathedral.
However, this is also a biological, or rather, a genetic term: a chimera is an organism consisting of genetically heterogeneous cells. In animals, chimeras are called organisms whose cells are derived from two or more zygotes. In life, such a genetic anomaly, despite the frightening architectural and mythological associations, can look very pretty!
Here, for example, is a cat named Venus from the US state of South Carolina, which has become famous all over the world thanks to its “two faces”. In fact, Venus, of course, has one face and is very attractive, but its right side is red with a golden-green eye, the other is black with bright blue. The rest of her body is completely ordinary.
Experts believe that the chimera cat got its color because in her body there are simultaneously the genes of two cats – Venus herself and her twin brother.
Genetic characteristics do not prevent Venus from being a cheerful, cheerful and absolutely healthy cat, which behaves as directly as millions of her brothers. You can verify this, for example, using Instagram, which is hosted by an unusual cat.
By the way, Venus was taken to the house from a shelter for homeless animals, from where no one dared to take due to unusual appearance. But now all this is behind, and the chimera cat has become the real star of the Internet.