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Rare kitten rescued after being dumped in a bag

Friday, 18th May 2012

An extremely rare kitten that was dumped in a bag in Gillingham is now being cared for by Cats Protection.

The tortoiseshell, who has been named Kawaii, is one in 3,000 male kittens that have this genetic quirk relating to the colour of their coat.

Staff at the National Cat Adoption Centre in Sussex were astonished when the discovered Kawaii was a boy, as tortoiseshell cats are almost always female. He was discovered with his two brothers, Amai and Farore.

Danielle Draper, Manager of the National Cat Adoption Centre, said: "We couldn't believe it when we discovered Kawaii was a boy so we kept checking and re-checking.

"Little Kawaii has been a real talking point and is enjoying all the fuss and attention he's been getting."

She added that the tortoiseshell gene does not affect Kawaii in any way and that she hopes he and his brothers find the loving homes they deserve.

Cats Protection was founded in 1927 as the Cats Protection League. It helps over 235,000 cats and kittens every year.