Four-eared kitten finds new home|Richard_F|richard@cfz.org.uk|04/04/04 at 19:25:37|richard_f|xx|0|217.43.51.167|Four-eared kitten finds new home
'Lilly' perfectly healthy and able to hear

Michaela Rehle / Reuters
Lilly, a 6-month old black and white house cat with four ears, is healthy and
can hear perfectly well -- but only through the front pair.  

Updated: 5:13 p.m. ET March  25, 2004GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany - A
four-eared German kitten has been given a new home after a German animal
shelter was deluged with requests to adopt the animal born six months ago with
the genetic defect.

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“We wanted to make sure the people were looking for a normal cat and not a gag
to make an exhibition out of her,” Enrico Schlag, a worker at the
Garmisch-Partenkirchen animal shelter, said Thursday.

“We’ve found a completely normal family for her that has already adopted cats
from us in the past.”

The shelter in the foothills of the Alps in southern Germany received dozens of
calls after local media published pictures of Lilly. Reuters, which reported
the kitten’s search for a home Wednesday, also received numerous offers from
readers around the world eager to adopt her or make donations to the shelter.

Tessy Loedermann, head of the shelter, said Lilly will first be neutered and
held at the shelter for another two weeks.

Loedermann said the black-and-white cat with the extra set of ears was “not a
freak” but rather an energetic, loving and well-adjusted kitten.

“She is not a mutant,” Loedermann said. “She’s just a plain and ordinary
kitten.”

Lilly, born on a farm near the winter resort town famous for hosting the 1936
Winter Olympics, has an extra pair of slightly smaller, nonhearing ears just
behind the normal two. Vets have attributed the phenomenon to a gene
malfunction.

“The front ears are completely normal while the two ears directly behind them
are about half the size and not fully developed,” Schlag said.

She was given to the shelter last week because the family had more cats than
they could care for.

“We’re trying to treat her as a completely normal kitten and the other cats here
have played with her in a normal manner as well,” Schlag said. “She hasn’t been
ostracized by the other cats at all. She’s a bundle of energy but likes to be
cuddled.”

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