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EYE OF THE BEHOLDER
Could anyone love a face like this? Turns out, a lot of people can. Since taking up residence with Dr. Stephen Bassett of New Hampshire’s Exeter Veterinary Hospital, ugly Bat Boy has been the recipient of affection and attention.
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HOT OR NOT
Due to his mostly-bald body of dark skin, glowing yellow eyes, and a large patch of hair that runs like a bear into his chest, Ugly has become something of a media sensation.
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IT'S A BIRD ...
When he was younger and spent most of his time outdoors, Ugly would make some people nervous because they wouldn’t know what to make of him, Bassett says.
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Nowadays, Ugly’s life is totally changed from his hunting past. He spends most of his time at reception, being tended to be a coterie of technicians.
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TO EACH HIS OWN
Reactions to Ugly can vary depending on the person. “He’s been known to frighten children when he walks into a room,” Bassett says. “Or people want to feel him because his skin feels like pleather.”
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“He’s not really an ugly cat,” Bassett says. “He’s a pretty strikingly handsome cat. He really has a beautiful face.”
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JUST LIKE CAT
At the end of the day, though? Ugly Bat Boy isn’t any different from your average kitty. “He really is just a regular cat,” Bassett says.
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