Scarcey cat: Jake is Britains rarest moggy as a male tortoiseshell11 May 2013 22:00
Cute pet defies 400,000/1 odds of being a male cat with black, ginger and white tortoiseshell fur submitJake the amazing moggySteve Bainbridge Photography Limited ©2013Take a good look at Jake the moggy… can you work out the X Factor that makes him Britain’s rarest cat?The clue lies in the colour of his coat… and the fact that Jake is a he.This 11-month-old puss, bought from a litter for £20, has defied odds of 400,000-to-one as a male with black, ginger and white tortoiseshell fur.Normally tomcats have only one “X” chromosome in their DNA, meaning their coat can only be two colours.Richard with his beloved pet
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Owner Richard Smith, 22, didn’t know anything was unusual when he took Jake to the vet’s.“He asked us, ‘You do know this cat is a girl?’?” said Richard. “When we insisted it was a boy he opened Jake’s legs and couldn’t believe it.”The vet called in an older colleague who said he had never seen a male tortoiseshell in 30 years of practice.“It’s physically written in their DNA that they can’t be three colours,” said Richard. “When it does happen, it’s a complete accident in the DNA.”Jake, picked from the litter by Richard’s son Harvey, five, is still allowed out to roam in Greenhithe, Kent.“Even though he’s so rare, Jake’s still just a family pet to us,” said Richard.