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Offline Frank

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Meet Yoda the cat with FOUR ears
« on: August 24, 2008, 02:20:40 PM »
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If Batman had a cat, it would probably look something like this.

The household pet, named Yoda, was born with an extra set of ears.

Valerie and Ted Rock took him in two years ago after visiting a bar near their home in Chicago, where he was being passed round by curious drinkers.


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1046684/Meet-Yoda-cat-FOUR-ears.html

A freak of nature or a glimpse of future evolution?
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Re: Meet Yoda the cat with FOUR ears
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2008, 02:32:11 PM »

A freak of nature or a glimpse of future evolution?


Freak of nature. Its just a mutation in the cat's DNA. It was probably not there for any evolutionary purpose.

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Re: Meet Yoda the cat with FOUR ears
« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2008, 02:48:45 PM »
It's a devil cat.  It must be burned! ;)
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Re: Meet Yoda the cat with FOUR ears
« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2008, 10:19:30 AM »
That depends on weither the ears actually work and if his brain can dechiper the information. If they work he might be an evolutionary leap, all be it a weird looking one. Which in an off it's self might get him more chances to breed (and pass on his mutation) with people wanting their own bat cat.

If they don't work, well they don't seem to be much of a draw back. Ignoring the human factor, they might be a begin mutation, hence getting passed on it no big deal.


Appearance alone might get this guy his chance to mark the kitty genome. If those things work and his decendants go feral (like lots of house cats do)  he might earn his place in cat evolution.

After all evolution is random. A good mutation is a good mutation. Pass it on and hope. Bad ones get you or your kids dead, unless humans like you.

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Re: Meet Yoda the cat with FOUR ears
« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2008, 12:29:20 PM »
Is there any hint this is a genetic change?
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Re: Meet Yoda the cat with FOUR ears
« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2008, 02:36:18 PM »
Is it possible that his ears are just split down the middle?  And I don't mean someone took a knife to them.  To me, it doesn't look like those extra ears can actually hear. 

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Re: Meet Yoda the cat with FOUR ears
« Reply #6 on: September 07, 2008, 10:28:26 PM »
i think its cute  :).
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Re: Meet Yoda the cat with FOUR ears
« Reply #7 on: September 08, 2008, 05:00:07 AM »
very cute kitty.
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Re: Meet Yoda the cat with FOUR ears
« Reply #8 on: September 12, 2008, 01:54:24 PM »
I have seen the same type of thing but the extra earlobes were much smaller.

Are they fully developed ears, or just lobes?
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Re: Meet Yoda the cat with FOUR ears
« Reply #9 on: September 18, 2008, 11:47:04 PM »
Ten bucks says they don't work.

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Re: Meet Yoda the cat with FOUR ears
« Reply #10 on: September 25, 2008, 01:11:14 AM »
"Yoda"? Am I wrong to think it would be named "Carbuncle"? I think I might be playing too many video games though...
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Re: Meet Yoda the cat with FOUR ears
« Reply #11 on: September 27, 2008, 10:31:01 AM »
I would love to know if those ears work. Poor Yoda, someone is fantasing about putting cotton in your ears and yelling for you...

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Re: Meet Yoda the cat with FOUR ears
« Reply #12 on: September 27, 2008, 10:34:20 AM »
I am not a fan of cats, but this one I would keep.
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Re: Meet Yoda the cat with FOUR ears
« Reply #13 on: September 27, 2008, 02:16:44 PM »
A freak of nature or a glimpse of future evolution?
It would only be evidence of "future evolution" if the extra ears somehow benefited the cat so that it could reproduce and pass on the mutation.

But considering the ears probably don't work, and that it's a domesticated animal - not in the wild - it's mostly down to humans to control whether this cat has children or not.
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