Before a picture of an orange kitten with curls started making the internet rounds, many people had never heard of or seen a cat with curly fur. To be honest, neither had I…until now.

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They have an interesting story, too, as their lineage can be traced back to a single shelter cat adopted by a breeder back in 1987 (yes, the Internet has also pointed out the irony of a shelter adopting a cat out to a breeder who then made…more cats, but let’s keep our eyes on the prize for now, shall we?).

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The curly cats, know known as a Selkirk rex, come from a cat named Miss DePesto. She was born in a Montana shelter as 1 of 5 kittens, but was the only one of her siblings to sport the kinky locks.

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When the breeder took her in and bred her with one of his black Persians, all of the kittens came out with curls, which means her rare trait is a dominant one.

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Morals of cat breeding aside, they’re pretty stinking cute. If I was ever going to own another cat, I might even be tempted!

h/t: Bored Panda

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