Bits and Bytes
By VLADIMIR NEGRON
May 29, 2009
In a bizarre genetic twist, it seems that a long-haired cat in China has grown wings. The cat appears to be a mixed breed domestic, and according to those familiar with it, it was born normal but started to grow wing-like appendages on its back at the age of one. There have been reports of other cats with wings, photo evidence dates to the late 1800s, with some being explained away as matted fur, and others as super elastic skin. Some others cannot be explained.
Such is the case with the cat discovered in Chongqing, China. Scientists are dumbfounded by this genetic mutation, as it appears that the wing-like appendages have more structure than merely matted fur or stretched skin. But one thing is for certain: rodents had better beware if this furry feline ever learns to fly.
Image source: China Foto Press / Barcroft