Originally Posted by Obi
As odd as the photo is, I must retract my earlier statement. The photo COULD be real, as after some research last night I discovered from a pathologist that there is a recognized medical condition called Cyclopia in which this happens. It is cause when a birth defect results in the formation of only one half of the brain, which itself often causes Cyclopia to result. Such animals are usually stillborn, and are born with one very large eye, usually open, in the middle of the face where the nose would be. The nose is either absent (as in this case) or is present ABOVE the eye in the form of a proboscis (think elephant). Very weird.
Ooh, looks like you're right. I did a bit of research. You can read a bit more about the poor little thing (and see another case) here
. Be warned, some may find the pictures on this page to be disturbing.
Apparently, cyclopsis, or holoprosencephaly, occurs in many animals, including humans. The degree Cy had was apparently the worst, which is called in humans (and, I assume, cats as well) alobar holoprosencephaly
. There's a lot of brain damage involved.