Published August 27, 2008
While most cats are known for their ability to land on their feet, some in China may soon be able to glide to safety on their mysterious wings.
A tabby from the Qingyan province in China recently sprouted a pair of fur-covered wings on his back during a hot-weather spell, the U.K.’s Daily Mail reported.
Immediately, the unique kitty became a spectacle to behold, as visitors flocked to see the unusual feline.
One cat owner, identified only as Feng, claimed her pet’s wings were the result of stress from too many females desiring to mate with him, the Mail reported.
“At first they were just two bumps,” she told the Mail. “But they started to grow quickly and after a month there were two wings.”
But the owner later grew fearful that the tabby would either be stolen by envious admirers or that it would fly away and decided to cut one of the two flappers off, World Entertainment News Network said.
Cats with wings can be explained through several scientific explanations, including leg deformities, huge mats of hair or a condition known as feline cutaneous asthenia or FCA, which causes the cat’s skin to grow in heavy folds on its back or shoulders, online magazine Cryptozoology reported.