'Ugly Bat Boy' May Be World's Ugliest Cat
Patrons and strangers alike have been taking note of Ugly Bat Boy's unique appearance, but those who know him say they can't understand what the fuss is all about. (Photo Courtesy of the Exeter Animal Hospital)
'Ugly Bat Boy' May Be World's Ugliest Cat: But he's just a normal kitty cat, says the staff at a New Hampshire veterinarian clinic. While his breed is unknown, the 8-year-old male feline is much loved and these days, he's getting more attention than ever.
EXETER, N.H. -- He's just a regular household cat, but Ugly Bat Boy is making heads turn left and right, just to see if he is, actually, even real.
He doesn't have a thick, majestic coat, or sparkling green eyes, yet there is something about him that can't be ignored.
According to many unsuspecting visitors, Ugly Bat Boy, or "Uggs," lives up to his namesake: To most, he's strange looking at best, grotesque at worst.
But to the employees at the Exeter Animal Hospital in Stratham, N.H., Uggs, whose breed is unknown, is simply a nice kitty cat, loved by all who know him.
"I don't think he's ugly, no," said Tracy Wentworth, a receptionist at the hospital. "At first, it was like, 'Oo, look at him,' and then, it's like, you know, very normal."
For the past few months, 8-year-old Uggs has called the veterinary clinic his home. He used to stay at the house of his adopted owner, Stephen Bassett, DVM, a veterinarian at the hospital. But Bassett found that Uggs was unhappy left alone all day and shifted the cat's home base to the hospital, where three other cats also reside.
According to veterinary technician Christie Hartnett, Ugly Bat Cat earned his name from the mythical character, Bat Boy, whose half-boy, half-bat identity and cave-dwelling ways earned him coverage in U.S. tabloids.
Uggs now enjoys passing the time resting upon a warm computer monitor in the front reception room, greeting clients as they come and go.
"He gets a lot of attention from the clients and the staff here," Wentworth said. "We get a lot of questions about why he looks the way he does, yeah."
Bassett and his staff don't know the answer to that question -- the vet received Uggs as a gift from a client, whose cat had a litter of four, according to Hartnett.
The vet treated the kittens and took note of Uggs and his sister, who also looked like him: Largely bald, with a long, murky brown mane covering his chest and neck.
The other two cats in the litter appeared "normal," according to Hartnett, with full fur coats. Bassett took an interest in the unique appearance of Uggs and his sister, who did not live past infancy. To thank Basssett for his veterinary care of the ill kitten, the owner later offered Uggs as a gift.
Bassett, who could not be reached by Zootoo Pet News as of press time, reportedly does not think twice about Uggs' appearance.
"He's my cat. I like him!" Bassett told the news station WBZ-CBS.
"He's beautiful," agreed Hartnett. "He's a very handsome cat. His skin is like a really soft Italian leather."
Clients, Hartnett says, are often "mesmerized" by Uggs -- so much, that one patron sent in a picture of the cat to a local news station, certain that someone else would find his alien-like guise striking.
Uggs' photo quickly circulated through media circuits both domestic and abroad; The Ellen DeGeneres Show is now reportedly also vying to get Uggs, who has been lauded as the "ugliest cat" in town, on the air.
Wentworth says she and her colleagues are bewildered by the attention Uggs has been receiving as of late.
"We don't see him like that at all, and have a hard time even understanding why this story is all over the place like it is," she said. "He's just the cat. He's our cat. It's as simple as that."
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