The alleged “ugliest cat” has made BBC World News. I ask, since when does bald = ugly?
This unusual-looking 8-year-old male cat lives in the Exeter, New Hampshire, office of veterinarian Stephen Bassett. The cat came from a litter of 4 and had a look-alike sister, but she died within a few weeks.
Dr. Bassett was intrigued by the survivor and received him as a gift from the owner, then gave him the horrible name, Ugly Bat Boy.
Tyrone (Power) or Rudolph (Valentino) would have been kinder. Even Yul (Brynner).
Dr. Bassett doesn’t seem to know why Bat Boy turned out as he did. I guess he skipped genetics in vet school.
They’re comparing Bat Boy to the late Gus, the world’s ugliest dog. But Gus’ hideousness was enhanced by skin cancer and having only one eye.
Bat Boy is healthy, except for missing most of his fur. The vet’s staff says he has a nice personality and a certain “inner beauty.” Watch him in action.
It seems to me Bat Boy is a cheap publicity ploy. His thick coat in front looks raggedy and unkempt. Doesn’t anybody in Exeter own a brush? Bat Boy takes care of his smooth parts, but help with the unreachable places would boost his self-esteem, which must waver when laughing gawkers snap his picture on their cell phones.
I feel a deep affinity for Bat Boy because the vet shaved my entire backside during my unfortunate tail incident. I’ve known the sting of being judged on looks alone.
But Cats Working finds beauty in every cat, no matter what color his fur — or lack thereof — and applauds Bat Boy’s sang froid in dealing with insensitive humans.