Eddie the cat has defied genetics and odds of 400,000 to one after he was born a MALE tortoiseshell.Vet Karen Horne was stunned to discover the black and ginger tom, who overturns the normal laws of biology.She said she named him after the cross-dressing comic Eddie Izzard because ‘he is essentially a boy dressed in girls’ clothing.
Male cats, like human beings, have only one X chromosome in their DNA meaning it is technically impossible for them to inherit different colours.Of eight million pet cats in Britain only a couple a year are born male tortoiseshells – making Eddie an extremely rare accident.
Karen, 38, said: ‘As a vet I can tell you that it is genetically impossible to get a male cat that is tortoiseshell coloured.
‘My colleagues and I have 30 years of experience between us and we have never seen anything like this.’
The eight-week-old kitten was brought into Karen’s veterinary surgery in Harpenden, Herts, with his three tortoiseshell sisters by local charity Cat and Kitten Rescue.But as Karen set about vaccinating the siblings she discovered to her amazement that one was a boy.