The Miraculous Tale of Martyr: The Dumpster-Rescued Calico Kitten with a Rare Genetic Trait

    The Unbelievable Journey of a Rare Male Calico Kitten from Dumpster to Stardom

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    When a woman heard faint meows emanating from a nearby dumpster, she couldn’t ignore it. What she found was a week-old calico kitten, eyes still closed, struggling for life. The kitten had a broken front leg and signs of gangrene on its back paw.

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    Having experience in fostering kittens, the woman took the fragile feline home and began nursing it back to health. She bottle-fed the kitten daily, and despite losing its back paw, the kitten grew stronger. The woman named the kitten ‘Martyr’ to honor its indomitable will to survive.

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    But Martyr had another surprise. He was a male calico, a genetic rarity with odds of 1 in 3,000. Dr. Andrea Berger, a veterinarian, likened it to finding a unicorn. Martyr’s unique genetic makeup—two X chromosomes instead of the usual XY—explained his rare fur colors.

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    The woman decided to adopt Martyr, and his story went viral after being shared on Imgur. Martyr is not just a survivor; he’s a rare gem, cherished and loved.

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