Little Deucy was one of three kittens born on Tuesday in Amity, Oregon. She was born on 6/11 at 6:11 am, which should have been some kind of sign of good luck. But her life wasn’t meant to be. Deucy is a two-faced kitten. Known as a Janus cat, the newborn had four eyes, two noses and two mouths. After her birth, her owner Stephanie Durkee took the kitten to a vet, who said the rare kitten was in good condition overall.
Unfortunately, another two-faced kitten named Harvey, born in the southern U.S., has been confused with Deucy. According to the YouTube page I’ve linked below, comments say it was Harvey who died early Thursday morning. The family insists Deucy is still doing well.
But according to a news report Stephanie is said to have called their station on Thursday morning saying Deucy had died peacefully that morning.
Two other healthy kittens were born to the mother cat. Stephanie had been having to syringe feed Deucy every two hours, as the mother cat rejected the tiny kitten. This happens quite often in the animal world when a kitten is born sick or deformed. Survival of the fittest. It’s a mother cats nature to provide for those kittens she feels will survive. Apparently she didn’t think Deucy was long for this world. Hopefully, with Stephanie’s help and lots of prayers, little Deucy will survive.
Here’s a YouTube clip showing the two-faced kitten.
Or is Deucy dead? A comment made by the person to post the video was made at around 11 p.m. Eastern time Thursday night saying:
“It seems to be going fine. I have seen that some people seem to think that this is the kitten who died after 2 days. His name was Harvey,, and from the southern part of US. The kitten Deucy…is doing quite well.”
Situation like these drive me crazy in an effort to separate fact from rumor. It’s very confusing to find such conflicting reports, and I hate not knowing who to believe. It’s quite common in the world of reporting for one news source to break a story, then everyone else who writes to follow with different words basically stating the same thing.
I really hope little Deucy is alive, as I’ve done a few articles on two-faced cats in the past. They can be found here:
Writing about two-faced kittens and cats was an education. I’d never heard of such a thing until I heard of the first story a few years ago.
I hope the owner of little Deucy will come forward and set the record straight.
Readers, have you heard anything on Deucy? Is she alive?