Have you ever seen an image of a cat with a face that is half black and half orange? Those adorable little fur balls are probably one of the most common examples of chimera animals. These two-colored animals aren't just uniquely gorgeous - they've got unique DNA. This genetic mutation is one of nature's most beautiful mistakes.
Chimera coloring happens when multiple fertilized eggs merge in the womb. This means that chimera animals have two sets of DNA. Sometimes they even have both male and female organs and two blood types. Pictures of chimera animals often show creatures that looks stitched together - they're literally two individuals merged into one. Sometimes this can actually be the case thanks to modern science.
Not all chimera animals develop from a genetic mutation (though it's a pretty safe bet that your kitty did). In humans, an organ transplant or bone marrow transplant (which sometimes changes an individual's blood type) can cause chimerism. Science is wild, isn't it?
Check out these gorgeous photos of chimera animals - because sometimes two is better than one.
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A Gorgeous Chimera Cat
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A Parakeet With Two Distinct ColoringsPhoto: u/fugololo / Reddit
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A Blue And Brown Chimera Butterfly
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A Happy Chimera DogPhoto: u/WhyAreYouLikeThat / Reddit