Cyclops Kitten

Status: Real
image Ichneutron sent me a link to this picture of Cy, the Cyclops Kitten on Yahoo Photos. According to the info on Yahoo, Cy was born in Redmond, Oregon, on Dec. 28, 2005 with only one eye and no nose. He lived for one day. The other cat in the litter (there were only two) was born normal. The photo is by Traci Allen. There's no reason to think the photo isn't real. The condition is known as Cyclopia. gives this description of it:

The eyes are fused into a single enlarged eye that is placed below the nose (the nose may or may not form, if it forms it resembles a proboscis). Much of the face may be missing, such that the eye and proboscis (if present) are placed near the crown of the skull... Severe cases of cyclopia result in stillbirth or in death within a few hours of birth.

The four-eyed kitten, however, remains a hoax.

Update: I notice that quite a few people are calling hoax on this picture. But I'm keeping it listed as real. After all, it's a known form of mutation, and the photo has a source.

Update 2: And the photoshops of Cy have begun.

Update 3 (April 8, 2006): Cy's owner has sold him to the Lost Museum, a creationist museum opening soon in Phoenix, NY.


Posted on Mon Jan 09, 2006


Ju: Can you read the whole thread before posting? This condition that the kitten was born with can cause it to be born without eyelids.

As for everyone using the "the eye should be blue" reasoning as for why it is fake: So you're saying that a deformity that makes an otherwise nromal animal have one lidless eye couldn't also, I don't know, effect other things like EYE COLOR? To paraphrase Penny, an animal with an abnormal deformity won't have normal features!

For everyone using the "no nose how did it breathe" reasoning: Pinch your nose shut. Take a drink of something. You survived!

The lack of reading, reading comprehension and knowledge of anything scientific in this thread really scares me. But then again it also helps me understand how so many scientifically myopic people can support things like "Intelligent" Design. Science classes in our schools must really be in bad shape.

I'm with Penny here. The amount of stupidity on this thread is astounding.
Posted by Jason  in  Indianapolis, Indiana  on  Fri Jan 13, 2006  at  12:29 PM
Some people are saying that kittens don't open their eyes for two weeks. Some folks are saying kittens are born with blue eyes. So this pic must be a hoax. How bout the fact that most kittens are born with 2 eyes and a nose. I am open minded, this could be real. The elephant man was real.
Posted by Tammy  on  Fri Jan 13, 2006  at  12:38 PM
Isn't this the second report of some sort of birth defect in kittens in the last 6 months or so? Didn't the other one come from somewhere in Oregon as well?

I'm originally from Oregon. Adele Davis talks about how there is a high incidence of thyroid problems in Oregon and how she feels that it is because of the nuclear testing at the army base between Oregon and Washington State. Redmond is right next to Bend which is in the mountains about 2 hours or so south of the Army base (Camp Pendleton is the name, I think).

Anybody have any information about that aspect of things?


I genuinely wonder if there is some sort of pollution in that region (isn't this
Posted by Lauren  in  Los Angeles, CA  on  Fri Jan 13, 2006  at  12:47 PM
This is totally creepy. CREEPY!
Posted by Krystal Lynn  in  San Antonio, Texas  on  Fri Jan 13, 2006  at  01:47 PM
Associated Press Story on CY

Cy, short for Cyclopes, a kitten born with only one eye and no nose, is shown in ...

One-Eyed Cat Had Medical Condition
By TERRENCE PETTY, Associated Press Writer
Tue Jan 10, 8:58 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. - A photo of a one-eyed kitten named Cy drew more than a little skepticism when it turned up on various Web sites, but medical authorities have a name for the bizarre condition.

"Holoprosencephaly" causes facial deformities, according to the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke, part of the National Institutes of Health. In the worst cases, a single eye is located where the nose should be, according to the institute's Web site.

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.

"You don't expect to see something like that," the 35-year-old Allen said by telephone from her home in Redmond in central Oregon.

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.

Allen had taken digital pictures that she provided to The Associated Press. Some bloggers have questioned the authenticity of the photo distributed on Jan. 6.

AP regional photo editor Tom Stathis said he took extensive steps to confirm the one-eyed cat was not a hoax. Stathis had Allen ship him the memory card that was in her camera. On the card were a number of pictures _ including holiday snapshots, and four pictures of a one-eyed kitten. The kitten pictures showed the animal from different perspectives.

Fabricating those images in sequence and in the camera's original picture format, from the varying perspectives, would have been virtually impossible, Stathis said.

Meanwhile, Cy the one-eyed cat may be dead, but it has not left the building.

Allen said she's keeping the cat's corpse in her freezer for now, in case scientists would like it for research.

She said one thing's for certain: "I'm not going to put it on eBay."
Posted by BIll  in  Los Angeles  on  Fri Jan 13, 2006  at  02:20 PM
I see what the article is saying but I wonder what causes this genetic fluke.
Posted by Lauren  in  Los Angeles, CA  on  Fri Jan 13, 2006  at  02:40 PM
What is Holoprosencephaly?
Holoprosencephaly is a disorder caused by the failure of the prosencephalon (the embryonic forebrain) to sufficiently divide into the double lobes of the cerebral hemispheres. The result is a single-lobed brain structure and severe skull and facial defects. In most cases of holoprosencephaly, the malformations are so severe that babies die before birth. In less severe cases, babies are born with normal or near-normal brain development and facial deformities that may affect the eyes, nose, and upper lip.

There are three classifications of holoprosencephaly. Alobar, in which the brain has not divided at all, is usually associated with severe facial deformities. Semilobar, in which the brain's hemispheres have somewhat divided, causes an intermediate form of the disorder. Lobar, in which there is considerable evidence of separate brain hemispheres, is the least severe form. In some cases of lobar holoprosencephaly the baby's brain may be nearly normal.

The least severe of the facial anomalies is the median cleft lip (premaxillary agenesis). The most severe is cyclopia, an abnormality characterized by a single eye located in the area normally occupied by the root of the nose, and a missing nose or a proboscis (a tubular-shaped nose) located above the eye. The least common facial anomaly is ethmocephaly, in which a proboscis separates closely-set eyes. Cebocephaly, another facial anomaly, is characterized by a small, flattened nose with a single nostril situated below incomplete or underdeveloped closely-set eyes.

Is there any treatment?

There is no standard course of treatment for holoprosencephaly. Treatment is symptomatic and supportive.

What is the prognosis?

The prognosis for individuals with the disorder depends on the severity of the brain and facial deformities
Posted by Jim  in  Phx, AZ  on  Fri Jan 13, 2006  at  02:54 PM
As you can see this poor little kitten was in fact suffering from a birth defect. causes are unknown. and if you really research this defect. the single eye in non functional. no eye lids, and it was a sad site to see, but it does happen in all animals (and humans too)
Posted by Jim  in  Phx, AZ  on  Fri Jan 13, 2006  at  03:03 PM
Here is a web site that will prove it is no hoax
Posted by Jim  in  Phx, AZ  on  Fri Jan 13, 2006  at  03:16 PM
Has anyone seen the other three pictures that were suppose to be on her memory card? It's hard to tell from the angle of the one picture I've seen, but it's real( I'm not saying it's not, there are many documented cases of Holoprosencephaly) it should have a large dorsal sac on the rear of it's head. You can go to for a good overveiw of Holoprosencephaly in humans, but be warned there are pictures a human fetus with the mutation that might make some people uncomfortable.
Posted by Abbey  on  Fri Jan 13, 2006  at  04:02 PM
another one, but not as cute:
Posted by katey  on  Fri Jan 13, 2006  at  04:05 PM
a darling cute thing.
i've heard about cyclopia before. im sure that's not a hoax.
Posted by nina  on  Fri Jan 13, 2006  at  04:46 PM
The kitten is all white. Maybe the eye is not blue because it is an albino!
Posted by Tortuga55  on  Fri Jan 13, 2006  at  05:15 PM
One more iteration: the kitten's eye is open and NOT blue because it is not formed correctly. It is two eyes fused, with no lid. Also, the kitten's brain was so deformed (and missing frontal lobes) that it was probably not even conscious. It was able to breath through its mouth and eat at the same time because those gestures are automatic and do not require "conscious" brain activity. Doubtless its lungs were filling with whatever the woman was feeding it, and if it didn't die of its deformity it most certainly drowned. There is a website called that has a page detailing several cat birth defects, and there is even another picture of a different cat with the same issue. Don't look if you're squeamish.
In humans, this deformity can be as severe (usually stillborn) or very mild - resulting in close-set eyes, a cleft palate, possible mental retardation, or even just one single large front tooth where we normally have two.
Posted by sarah1348  in  Portland  on  Fri Jan 13, 2006  at  06:41 PM
I've never seen anything like this personally, so I don't know for sure, but you may be seeing a very dilated pupil, making the eye look black. It could have also had a malformation of the iris (the colored part of the eye) making it difficult to see or absent. Breeds of cats and dogs that have less pigment, such as ragdoll cats and dogs that are dappled or merled in color, are more prone to defects of the eyes and ears, so the cat's breed may have something to do with it.

Where I work we have a pair of conjoined kittens preserved in a jar. They are joined at the front of their bodies from the face to the groin, so they were stillborn. It's fun to show it to kids.

When you work in a setting where you see these kind of things, the desire to preserve it is common. It's not out of callousness (I feel especially sorry for this kitten since the breeder actually tried to keep it alive rather than giving it a peaceful death). For me it just reinforces how amazing it is when things go right.
Posted by hippievet  on  Fri Jan 13, 2006  at  07:06 PM
I am so sad .. read this
Posted by jonny  in  Brunswick Ga.  on  Fri Jan 13, 2006  at  09:29 PM
if any of you read the article that was likofied on page 1, you would know that there were more pictures (4 i think, all together) and the memory card that the pics were on were sent to a photoshop specialist dude, and he said that a photo job for Cyclops Kitten would be impossible. also, if any of you saw a BIG picture of the kitten, you would see a faint blue color in its eye. and if you knew ANYTHING about human/animal anatomy, you would know that cats, as well as humans and dogs, can breathe thru their mouths.
Posted by Junkie  on  Sat Jan 14, 2006  at  12:21 AM
That Photoshop Specialist dude wasn't very special then. I know the pictures are real, but I'm also well aware that this wouldn't be difficult to do in Photoshop, as is everyone else who's ever browsed
Posted by Charybdis  in  Hell  on  Sat Jan 14, 2006  at  08:53 AM
You don't need to photoshop something like this, Nature can be odd enough by itself. Mutations are a part of life, that's how creatures evolve. If it's a hideous mistake like this, it doesn't live, and so doesn't get a chance to pass it's defective genes. Mutations also happen from chemical, pollution, x-ray, and other hazardous exposures. We just usually don't see creatures or people with defects such as this because of our 'sensitive, politically correct' societies forbid us to indulge our natural morbid curiosity, which is why Ripley's museaums and good old fashioned freakshows draw us in so easily. The only 'freaks' that are mainstream are ones that come from major chemical spills and radiation leaks, due to major news exposure and/or lawsuits. A little defected kitten is not news in the world scope, as many animals are born freakish, ask any farmer or animal breeder about the ones they have to put to sleep due to defects. Even 'cute' mutations/defects are still legit, such as the common multi-toed cats-I have one myself, that has 6 toes each paw-I didn't hold a press conference when she was born.

Most mutations and defects are just hidden away, because it is 'shameful' to be odd, and so the general public aren't aware of the vast amount of oddities in life. Just because YOU haven't seen such a thing before does not mean it is fake. Have you with your own eyeballs seen every single thing in the world or universe that you just 'know' is real? You accept many things for fact, why not this too?
Posted by tina  in  WA  on  Sat Jan 14, 2006  at  09:45 PM
Tina has a good point. I think this is probably true. Obviously lots of people won't believe it since it seems so farfetched but, I mean, it's certainly possible.
Posted by Betty  in  .  on  Mon Jan 16, 2006  at  05:44 PM
and if it had lived the mother might have killed it or let it starve to death
Posted by Jim  on  Mon Jan 16, 2006  at  06:35 PM
With this form of deformity, the eye should be the size of a normal kitten's eye. It shouldn't be three times the size of a normal eye. And it should definitely be CLOSED for the first 10 days!
Posted by Elizabeth  on  Tue Jan 17, 2006  at  04:27 AM
People on here that talk about the stupidity of others in not believing that this is real is just too funny. Just because this is all over the web does not mean it's been proven. Just because the memory card on the camera hasn't been tampered with doesn't mean the subject is real. While the condition itself is very real, I highly doubt that this picture is. People have gone to great extents to prove something fake is real simple for the 'fun' of it.

If this kitten were indeed real, send more pictures. Dig that body out of the freezer and let's see it. Let SOMEONE see it. Let's just not go by hearsay on the web. Come on. The woman, if she even does exist, is probably laughing hysterically.

On the flip side, if this is indeed real and not a hoax, where's the proof? I mean the real proof? Verficiation by an AP reporter doesn't consist of proof at all. Get someone that actually knows about the conditon - scientists or vets - involved and get the body and do share the results with the world. No harm in that, is there?

BUT, just sit back and have patience all. Watch in the near future for this story to be proven a giant hoax on the internet world. Chalk one up to amazing computer work again!
Posted by Marie2  on  Tue Jan 17, 2006  at  07:36 PM
The eyes are fused into a single enlarged eye that is placed below the nose (the nose may or may not form, if it forms it resembles a proboscis). Much of the face may be missing, such that the eye and proboscis (if present) are placed near the crown of the skull... Severe cases of cyclopia result in stillbirth or in death within a few hours of birth.
Posted by Can't U Read  on  Sun Jan 22, 2006  at  05:16 PM
This is a real picture. The reason the eye is open is because it has no eyelids, common with this deformity. Go to they have full sources.
Posted by Melanie  in  GA  on  Tue Jan 31, 2006  at  03:10 PM
Definetly real. I wish you'd all stop saying "it's eye should be shut, it should be blue, it should be..." It's part of the disease! It has been proven to be real. End of.
Posted by Andrew  on  Sun Feb 05, 2006  at  04:20 PM
Another image of Cy.
Posted by Christopher Nicholson-Sauls  in  KY  on  Sat Apr 15, 2006  at  05:32 AM
I had a baby with holoporsencephaly alobar. When a saw Cy's photo in El Nuevo D
Posted by Eva  in  Caguas, Puerto Rico  on  Thu May 18, 2006  at  08:25 AM
This isn't a hoax. The owner said she freezed the corps so it could be used for medical resarch.
As for the eye being open and clear,it is a mutant, and mutants don't fallow normal patterens.
It is posible, but slightly difficult for a cat to breath though it's mouth. I have seen it happen. I have a persian cat with an abnormily tiney nose (for a persain). When he gets upset he has difficulty breathing. One time on the way back from the vet he was so upset he was no longer able to breath though his nose (lack of face=lack of avrage size sinusces however it dose not mean lack of mucus unfortunetly), and he began to breath though his mouth.
Why would anyone fake a cyclops cat. its just too weird and crule. Plus looking at that photo it would take way too much effort to edit a picture that much
Posted by Satrah  in  strongbadia  on  Wed May 24, 2006  at  11:28 PM
spinny stuff
Posted by daryn 4 tash  in  plymouth  on  Sat Jun 24, 2006  at  05:44 PM
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