Meet Quimera, A Beautiful Chimera Cat With Two Perfectly Different Sides To Her Face

Meet Quimera, a striking beauty whose face is perfectly divided into one half orange stripes and a green eye, while the other is all black with a blue eye. The division continues onto her chest and front legs, where the unique coloring is the exact opposite to her face. Quimera could be a chimera, or more likely just a striking variation of a calico or tortoiseshell cat.
In mythology, a chimera is a mishmash monster made up of parts of different animals. A feline chimera is a cat whose cells contain two types of DNA, caused when two embryos fuse together. Among cats, chimeras are really not all that rare. In fact, most male tortoiseshell cats are chimeras. The distinctively mottled orange and black coat is a sign that the cat has an extra X chromosome. But female cats, already have two X chromosomes so they can sport that coat without the extra X. That means Quimera is not necessarily a chimera. To find out would require genetic testing. With samples of skin from each side of the cat, we can do a DNA fingerprint, and the DNA from one side of the body should be different than the other.

Meet Quimera, a beautiful chimera cat with two perfectly different sides to her face

Meet Quimera, a beautiful chimera cat with two perfectly different sides to her face

Meet Quimera, a beautiful chimera cat with two perfectly different sides to her face

Meet Quimera, a beautiful chimera cat with two perfectly different sides to her face

Meet Quimera, a beautiful chimera cat with two perfectly different sides to her face

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