Eyona was discovered last March by volunteers from TEARS Animal Rescue, in South Africa. While coming to the aid of a stray tabby cat and her litter of six kittens born in a bush inside a Cape Town park, they discovered one of the babies was not at all like the others.
Although his mother and five siblings were all normal kitties, Eyona looked almost like a different creature entirely. His dark hair is patchy and flecked with grey, but he tested negative for various skin diseases. His face is narrow with an intense sort of gaze, reminiscent of another kind of animal.
"He's got the look of a wolf, but the physique of a cat," TEARS operations manager Mandy Store told The Dodo. "We thought he might be a sphinx crossbreed, but he's got a lot of little physical differences from cats. He's quite incredible."
It wasn't until recently, however, that Eyona's rescuers learned just how incredible he really is.