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Hermaphrodite kitten astounds staff at cat adoption centre

Staff at a Merseyside cat adoption centre thought Bellini was a male kitten. Credit: Cats Protection/PA Wire

Workers at a Cats Protection home were astounded after finding out a kitten handed in to them is a hermaphrodite, with both female and male organs.

Nine-week-old Bellini, who was thought to be male, was taken in by one of the charity's adoption centres in St Helens in February along with its siblings when just a few days old.

Staff are still scratching their heads about how to refer to the cat, and have said they will leave the decision up to whoever adopts the black kitten.

I was pretty stunned, it's so unusual. I have seen over 3,000 cats during my time at Cats Protection and only seen one other hermaphrodite cat. I certainly never thought I'd see two.

We have got used to calling Bellini a boy, but really it is up to his new owner to decide what they think is best. Either way, he is an absolute cutie pie and will make a really lovely pet.

– Sonia Scowcraft, Adoption Centre manager

Bellini has formed a close bond with sister Daiquiri and the pair will be rehomed together.