Cat That Looks Like Bat Finds Viral Fame On Instagram
Lucy the cat, aged one, already has a lot of love at home from her owner Zilla Bergamini, 44.
But now she's also getting even more attention on a more global scale, having gone viral on the internet because of her unique appearance.
Lucy, who lives in Israel, has a condition called hydrocephalus, which means spinal fluid is not absorbed by her body, and instead accumulates around the brain.
This means she has an oversized head, which, along with her hairless black skin, makes her look a lot like a bat.
Owner Zilla decided to celebrate her distinctive look by setting up a social media account for her.
She's now amassed a following of 22,000 fans on Instagram, where Zilla regularly posts pictures and videos of playful Lucy.
Computer programmer Zilla said: "Lucy was born with hydrocephalus and it made her skull weird because she had a lot of pressure when she was tiny.
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"Eventually, her body managed to keep the pressure to a minimum so she never really experienced neurological issues.
"Right now her life is basically normal."
Lucy's Instagram account has only been on the go for less than a year, but already she has a firm following - who all lay on the love in the comments.
One user commented: "I am in love with Lucy."
Another one said: "This cat generates a minute of joy and cuteness in this world."
And it's not just Lucy that's being celebrated for her uniqueness; another cat called Munchie made headlines recently due to the fact he looked like a kitten and will never grow any bigger, due to an extremely rare condition which has currently only been documented in one other feline.
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Seven-month-old Munchie was taken into a veterinary practice in Wolverhampton, where his now-owner Emily Tomlinson works.
Speaking to LADbible, 29-year-old Emily explained: "We have only in the last couple of weeks discovered he has hypoparathyroidism after he collapsed on Boxing Day and spent four nights in the vets on intravenous fluid therapy.
"We believe he will have a normal life span but due to there being so little information available, due to it being so rare, we don't know for sure.
"He's just like a normal kitten, he can climb but he can't jump because he has to have calcium and Vitamin D supplemented to keep him stable. He weighs a tiny 1.7kg."
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