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Cat That Looks Like Bat Finds Viral Fame On Instagram

Cat That Looks Like Bat Finds Viral Fame On Instagram

A sphynx cat has found viral fame on Instagram thanks to its resemblance to a bat, with an adorable enlarged head and hairless dark skin.

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.

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Lucy the cat has found viral fame. Credit: Storytrender
Lucy the cat has found viral fame. Credit: Storytrender

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.

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Lucy's over-sized head and dark, hairless skin makes her look a bit like a bat. Credit: Storytrender/@lucythebatcat
Lucy's over-sized head and dark, hairless skin makes her look a bit like a bat. Credit: Storytrender/@lucythebatcat

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.

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Lucy has 22,000 fans on Instagram. Credit: Storytrender/@lucythebatcat
Lucy has 22,000 fans on Instagram. Credit: Storytrender/@lucythebatcat

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."

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Lucy has a condition called hydrocephalus, which has left her with a build up of spinal fluid around her brain. Credit: Storytrender/@lucythebatcat
Lucy has a condition called hydrocephalus, which has left her with a build up of spinal fluid around her brain. Credit: Storytrender/@lucythebatcat
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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."

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Lucy has won hearts around the world. Credit: Storytrender/@lucythebatcat
Lucy has won hearts around the world. Credit: Storytrender/@lucythebatcat

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.

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."

Featured Image Credit: Storytrender/@lucythebatcat

Topics: Viral, World News, News, Animals, Cats

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Jess Hardiman

Jess is a journalist at LADbible who graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Film Studies, English Language and Linguistics - indecisiveness at its finest, right there. She also works for FOODbible and its sister page Seitanists, which are both a safe haven for her to channel a love for homemade pasta, fennel and everything else in between. You can contact Jess at editorial@ladbible.com.