We all love cats. But, some cats get a slightly worse situation than others. Maybe they are born into worse circumstances, or have birth defects that affect their quality of life. That was the case for Yoda, who was born with four ears.
Yoda was lucky enough that his birth defect didn’t affect his life too much. In a lot of people’s minds, it made him cuter. Yoda was born in a pub and rose to fame all the way back in 2009. However, he and his four ears have been rediscovered by the internet.
Valerie and Ted Rock adopted the cat in 2006 and named him after the legendary Star Wars Jedi Yoda. That’s not entirely out of the blue, because reports suggest that the sci-fi character was named after George Lucas’ cat. Experts believe that “Yoda’s extra ears – which are not thought to help him hear – are not attached to the base of his skull, with one placed slightly behind the other. They are believed to be the result of a genetic mutation.”
However, aside from his genetic mutation, Yoda has an unhealthy interest in bread. The more you know, eh? But the way the Rock family found and adopted him is an even stranger story.
“We were at a pub on the south side of Chicago with a group of friends when we noticed a small cage sitting on the bar and people passing around a kitten,” said Valerie. “He had been part of a large litter and the owners were looking to find a home for him.
“Ted and I had just lost a cat that was our pet for over 20 years, and we were sure we were done with cats.” But that wasn’t to be the case, as Yoda would win their hearts.
“When he was passed around he reached for Ted, crawled up into the crook of his neck and fell asleep – Ted was a goner.
“It was a done deal when the kitten made himself at home on Ted’s shoulder.”
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