With nine lives and two sets of ears, this feline was born to be a superhero.
A black cat named Batman has become a kind of internet star after the four-eared feline was found at a Pennsylvania animal shelter.
“Just when you think you’ve seen it all, a four-eared cat comes in the door!” Hala Nuemah, managing director of the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society, said in a Facebook post that showcased the 3-year-old cat.
Batman’s second set of ears is said to be the result of a genetic mutation. The condition has been documented since at least 1936, when a four-eared cat named Toots was found in Ashtabula, Ohio, according to the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society.
“The mutation has been studied and is argued to be a recessive gene mutation needed from both parents in order to produce four ears,” the shelter posted on Facebook, where they were bombarded with inquiries on adopting him.
Batman initially came into the shelter with an upper respiratory infection, which delayed adoption applications. But he recovered soon after, giving the shelter a green light to find him a new home.
Just hours after that news was announced, a humane society spokeswoman told ABC News that a family eagerly swept him up.
“A young girl and her mother decided to take Batman into their home,” Caitlin Lasky said. “It was fitting because the little girl liked superheroes.”
The shelter expressed hope that news of Batman’s adoption would bring awareness of the many other equally special cats and dogs in need of a home.