Example: [Associated Press, 2006]
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, on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2005. 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.
Traci Allen says the kitten she named Cy, short for Cyclops, was born the night of Dec. 28 with the single eye and no nose.
Allen said she stayed up all night with the deformed kitten on her recliner, feeding Cy a liquid formula through a syringe. She says she cared for the kitten the next day as well, until it died that evening.
Origins: Many viewers were tempted to write off the above-displayed photograph, distributed by the
Fabricating those images in sequence and in the camera's original picture format, from the varying perspectives, would have been virtually impossible, Stathis said.
"He took a bunch of pictures and asked if it was okay to take [the cat] to the vet and they verified it was real," Allen told E&P, referring to photographer Rick Bowmer. "I thought AP would do a follow, but they never did."
Bryan Brumley, AP's Portland, Ore. bureau chief, confirmed that Bowmer made the visit last month. Brumley also said the vet provided AP with a letter stating her findings, which the news service released to E&P.
"We wanted to check and make sure the cat was bona fide and taking it to the vet was the way to make sure," Brumley said, adding that no follow-up story was done because it was not considered newsworthy.
The letter, from Karen Laidley, DVM, declared that "the body had not been tampered with and was in its natural newborn state." She also went on to describe the cat's uncommon affliction, "Cyclopia," noting that it affected other elements of the brain and tissue that led to the animal's eventual death.
Pictures of cyclopic animals can be found on a variety of web sites (not recommended for sensitive viewers), including a site with photographs of a cyclopic goat, and another site displaying photographs of a number of feline deformities including cyclopia.
Last updated: 3 February 2006
Petty, Terrence. "One-Eyed Cat Had Medical Condition." Associated Press. 10 January 2006. Strupp, Joe "One-Eyed Cat Was Real Thing — And Still in Demand Weeks After Death." Editor & Publisher. 2 February 2006.