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Charity staff 'stunned' by hermaphrodite kitten

Monday April 18th 2016

A kitten handed into a Cats Protection home astounded vets who discovered it is a hermaphrodite - having both male and female organs.

Nine-week-old Bellini was part of a litter taken in by the charity's adoption centre in St Helens, Merseyside, in February when just a few days old.

The unusual condition was only discovered when Bellini - having previously been thought to be a male - was old enough to be neutered and vets discovered female as well as male genitalia.

Cats Protection's St Helen's Adoption Centre manager Sonia Scowcroft said staff were still scratching their heads as to whether to refer to Bellini as a boy or girl - and said they would leave the decision to whoever adopts the black cat.

Ms Scowcroft said: "I was pretty stunned, it's so unusual. I have seen over 3,000 cats during my time at Cats Protection and only seen one other hermaphrodite cat. I certainly never thought I'd see two.

"We have got used to calling Bellini a boy, but really it is up to his new owner to decide what they think is best. Either way, he is an absolute cutie pie and will make a really lovely pet."

Copyright Press Association 2016