The feline in question possesses a pair of stunning eyes that may seem magical, but there is a logical explanation for this phenomenon. It’s called sectoral heterochromia, which is a genetic mutation that affects one iris and causes it to display two completely different colours. This type of heterochromia is a subtype of Heterochromia Iridis, meaning “different coloured irises” in Greek. Humans and animals can both experience this condition, and it poses no medical disadvantages whatsoever. Therefore, there are only aesthetic benefits to these cool-looking colours.
So, what leads to heterochromia? The quantity of melanin in an animal’s genes determines their eye colour. All kittens have blue eyes when they’re born, and as time passes, melanin granules collect in their irises, gradually altering the hue. However, a particular white spotted gene can impede the movement of melanin, leading to heterochromia in white or white-spotted cats. In this cat’s case, there are varying concentrations of melanin within the same iris, resulting in the captivating multicoloured pattern. It’s not magic, but it’s still pretty amazing!
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