Wednesday, January 11, 2006


A photo of a one-eyed kitten named Cy drew more than a little skepticism when it turned up on various Web sites, but medical authorities have a name for the bizarre condition.

“Holoprosencephaly” causes facial deformities, according to the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke, part of the National Institutes of Health. In the worst cases, a single eye is located where the nose should be, according to the institute’s Web site.

Cy, short for Cyclopes, a kitten born with only one eye and no nose, is shown in this photo provided by its owner in Redmond, Oregon. The kitten, a ragdoll breed, which died after living for one day, was one of two in the litter. Its sibling was born normal and healthy. (AP Photo/Traci Allen).

I can't stop looking at this picture, sometimes nature moves in a mysterious but sad way..


Callooh said...

saw this on Kathleen's blog, (and I admit checked it's accuracy) its something. I've held more than one life as they've left this world, animal and human - its something you can't take lightly.

Vee said...

the poor baby. :(

Lindsay Lobe said...


I think I know what you mean .....something about that mage, its'huanting mixture of vunerabilty and beauty insists you stay focused.

I expect those of us passionate about nature might have those feelings.

It reminds me strangely enough of Stephen Wolfran's book "A New kind of Science".

I did a posting long ago and I think you may find his discoveries intersting, assuming if you have not already read the book.

The crucial experiments of which there are 1400, were only made possible by vitue of the power of modern day computers and the delopment of mathematica.

Refernce is

or list A new Kind Of Science on my google blog search

Best wishes

Worried said...

hello Dimitri, I popped over because of the poem you posted on Gary's blog. Perhaps you tossed it off quickly from the top of your head but I spent a bit of time studying it. I like it. It appeals to me. I have manic-depressives in my family and I could "feel" the winter, the lovely, cold snow, and how it affects them. So sad, sometimes.

Then when your post opened I saw the cat, and for a moment my brain could not encompass what I was seeing, nor the dx as your title. The suffix cephaly I understood but not the prefix. Glad you explained it. A terrible mistake of nature, indeed. I wonder if similar mistakes like that in humans spawned the tales of cyclops? One wonders about the origins of the old myths.

Blogger formerly known as JBlue said...

Dimitri, this reminded me of a film I saw yesterday about people with disabilities. One little boy was born with no limbs except part of a leg and a foot. Yet, he was such a well-adjusted, happy little boy. The film showed him staying with his father over the weekend on his father and grandfather's farm. That father said he had had an easier time accepting his son's disability than his ex-wife did. He said that being a farmer, he knew these things are "natural," that they happen. I thought it was interesting that the father used that word, "natural," rather than unnatural, which is the typical response. Perception is so important.

Scott said...

Hey Dimitri, I am back in Blogsville, hope all is well with you. I saw this and it was the talk of the day at our Veterinary Clinic,, where I now work... Yeah,, job in the 'real world again"
Poor Cy, only lived a day. The animals alot of times seem to HOLD our emotional content,, does Cy represent the Worlds Single vision, (narrow, one sighted?) Bless him and all the animals...

Badoozie said...

i saw that in my local paper yesterday, and thought the same thing, sad. i'm sort of glad it didn't survive, because people make a freak show out of those kinds of things. i was born in redmond oregon. that has nothing to do with anything, just weird to see that town named on a blog from someone a long ways off, wherever you are. i forgot

Elizabeth Green said...

It is interesting. Notice how the nose doesn't look like a cat's nose, either. Julian, I think the farmer has a good point. When I was growing up, the older people used to always kill deformed animals because they thought there was something wrong with them. Now I have noticed that zoos are keeping animals like two-headed turtles, etc. I wonder if Cy's short survival was because the mutation that caused his abnormal appearance caused internal problems, too.

Mother Damnable said...

...his eye is beautiful, love and best wishes Cyclops, where ever you are :>)

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