A quirk of nature

FELINE FRIENDLY Fred and Ned have more toes than normal
FELINE FRIENDLY Fred and Ned have more toes than normal
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TWO kittens born with extra toes on their feet have found a new home thanks to an animal charity.

Fred and Ned, both four months old, have been rehomed by Gosport Cats Protection.

Cats usually have five toes on their front legs and four at the back. Ned has an extra eight digits, while his brother Fred has 10 more than the usual 18.

Volunteer Kate Stapleford said: ‘There is a legend among sailors that polydactyl cats used to be ships’ cats and the extra toes helped them climb the rigging. ‘It’s a nice story, but these cats do not have a greater climbing ability. It’s neither an advantage or a disadvantage.’