Cyclops Kitten 'Cleyed' Captured On Video

By Amir Khan on October 10, 2012 9:57 AM EDT

Cyclops Kitten
Cleyed, the Cyclops Bengal kitten, was never long for this world, but his owners were able to capture his short life on camera. (Photo: Youtube)

Cleyed, the Cyclops Bengal kitten, was never long for this world, but his owners were able to capture his short life on camera. They posted the video of Cleyed on YouTube, where it garnered 50,000 hits in four days, giving people a look into this rare deformity.

"All of us in the operating room experienced a VERY RARE once in a lifetime (hopefully) kitten births," the video description says. "To start off, both horns of the uterus were twisted together THREE times. After untwisting the horns our veterinarian started the surgery and she removed the first baby, the baby was handed to me and I started drying her off."

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Uterine horns are the points where the uterus and fallopian tubes meet. When the horns are twisted, known as a uterine torsion, it causes intense pain and if not treated quickly and properly, can lead to not only the death of the kittens, but of the mother as well.

Cyclops kittens are very rare, and the deformity occurs when the two eyes are fused into one. The eye is disproportionally large and centered over where the nose would be. The nose is typically absent in Cyclops kittens, as are eyelids, which explains why Cleyed's eyes were opens despite the fact that kittens typically don't open their eyes until much later in life.

Despite the shock and sadness, Cleyed the Cyclops kitten "floored" his owners when he was born, according to the video.

"WOW!!!! He floored me, I was in shock as I have only seen a picture of a Cyclops kitten like this ONCE ever... and that was on the Internet," the description says. "This was a horribly sad experience, but very intriguing to us all."

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