Finding two animals who resemble each other isn't that hard. After all, a lot of white bunnies look like other white bunnies and a lot of black horses look like other black horses. So let's up the ante. Instead, how about we focus on "twin" animals that aren't even from the same species?

We at Bored Panda searched the internet far and wide and I'm glad to say that we managed to put together a wholesome list of animal siblings from other mothers. From horses with their mini dog versions to nearly identical cats and guinea pigs, here's proof that reflections are everywhere throughout nature! Enjoy.

#1

Her New Kitten Is Odd, But She Still Loves Her

Her New Kitten Is Odd, But She Still Loves Her

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beastmachine.
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10 months ago

Love is love

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One of the features that nearly every mammal species on Earth (including humans) have in common is that their bodies are covered in structures known individually as "hairs" and collectively as "fur."

To learn more about animals' appearance, Bored Panda reached out to Dr. Hopi E. Hoekstra, who is the Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology in the Departments of Organismic & Evolutionary Biology and Molecular & Cellular Biology at Harvard University, the Curator of Mammals at the Museum of Comparative Zoology, and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator.

"Fur on a mammal looks different (or the same) based on (1) hair length, (2) its thickness, and (3) its density as well as (4) its composition, that is, the composition of different hair types," she explained. "For example, most rodents have 4 hair types: awl, zig-zag, auchene, and guard hairs."

"Guard hairs, for instance, tend to be coarse, thick, and long but found only on certain regions of the body (eg. the rump or back of the neck); relative to other hair types, guard hairs are not very numerous. Some hair morphology is extreme: spines are modified hairs that have evolved repeatedly within rodents. Of course, hair pigmentation is an obvious trait that may make animals look more or less similar."

#2

Son?

Son?

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A B C
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10 months ago

And like every good son, doggo is like "I can't hear you" :D

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#3

Brother From Another Mother

Brother From Another Mother

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beastmachine.
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10 months ago

What if the dog is standing on a cow!?

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We also reached out to Dr. Jessica E. Light, the Associate Professor and Curator of Mammals at Texas A&M University. She said that there are 4 main purposes of fur:

1) insulation;

2) tactile or sensory (think whiskers, which are a type of hair);

3) protection (guarding the skin and shielding against predators (think quills and spines));

4) visual (colors of fur provide information to members of the same species and other species).

#4

"Don't Take Him. He's A Part Of Me"

"Don't Take Him. He's A Part Of Me"

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LesAnimaux
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10 months ago

Didn't even see him at first!

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#5

Just A Newfoundland Taking His Pony For A Walk

Just A Newfoundland Taking His Pony For A Walk

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Francis
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10 months ago

i would ride both into battle :D fear me!!

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Dr. Hoekstra added that "some species, like sea otters, have incredibly dense fur that both keeps them warm in cool ocean water but also helps with buoyancy."

"Polar bears have unique hairs that are effectively hollow and can 'capture' heat from the sun to keep them warm. Some hairs have piloerection, in which hairs can be lifted upwards as a threat display. The pigments in hairs also play an important function, primarily in camouflage."

#6

There's A Spy Among Us

There's A Spy Among Us

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kasa alex
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10 months ago

I was looking at this for a while thinking 'aren't they all just cats?' Hehe

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#7

These Two Little Cows Look So Similar You Could Almost Mistake Them For Twins

These Two Little Cows Look So Similar You Could Almost Mistake Them For Twins

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Eva the Egg
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10 months ago

I swear if the little piggy didnt poke his head up I would've thought he was a dog

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#8

Partners In Crime And Their Matching Coats

Partners In Crime And Their Matching Coats

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Leona Martin
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10 months ago

oh my goodness...the look of love on the corgi's face 🥰

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Some animal coats are more distinctive than others. But that doesn't mean they're easier to understand. It has long been suggested that arguably the most eccentric mammal, the zebra, may have developed its unique striping to hide from lions and deter biting tsetse flies.

But according to one comprehensive study, the iconic stripes along a zebra's back are most closely correlated with temperature and precipitation in its environment, not the prevalence of lions or tsetse flies. These findings could mean that the famous black-and-white coat actually helps the zebra to regulate its body temperature.

#9

My Friend's Two Husky Mixes, With Their Color-Coordinated Kitten Look-Alikes. The Aww Factor Is Off The Charts

My Friend's Two Husky Mixes, With Their Color-Coordinated Kitten Look-Alikes. The Aww Factor Is Off The Charts

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beastmachine.
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10 months ago

All those eyes are to die for

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#10

One Of These Is Not Like The Others

One Of These Is Not Like The Others

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WildHoneyPie
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10 months ago

This makes my heart happy!

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#11

What Kind Of Pupper Is This?

What Kind Of Pupper Is This?

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Andy Acceber
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10 months ago

Doggy looks equally surprised.

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Since animals' fur can make the difference between life and death, they try to keep it in tip-top condition. "Grooming, especially of hair, can be very important for mammals," Dr. Hoekstra said. The main purpose is to remove potential parasites/pathogens (not necessarily to "look good"). When an animal is ill or old, they tend to groom less and thus may look more disheveled. It is unclear if this is used as a 'signal' to other individuals."

If you like these pictures, we suggest you check out what UK-based image library Warren Photographic has to offer. We included a few of their shots too.

#12

Big Brother And Meow

Big Brother And Meow

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Audrey Tate
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10 months ago

Cat: You mess with him, you mess with me!

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#13

Matching Brother And Sister

Matching Brother And Sister

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hyperunknown
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10 months ago

Day 66: Infiltration is going well, the food is good. Noone has a clue.

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#14

Kitty Found The Best And Most Comfortable Spot To Camouflage

Kitty Found The Best And Most Comfortable Spot To Camouflage

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Becklass
Community Member
10 months ago

It’s like a little frog :)

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#15

Brother From Another Mother

Brother From Another Mother

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Alma
Community Member
10 months ago

So cute....

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#16

Very Cute Twins

Very Cute Twins

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Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
10 months ago

Two happy bunnies!

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#17

Same But Different

Same But Different

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troufaki13
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10 months ago

Dad has some explaining to do

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#18

My Twins. I Don't Think They Know They're Adopted

My Twins. I Don't Think They Know They're Adopted

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beastmachine.
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10 months ago

Shhh!, That's the family secret!

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#19

Cat And Guinea Pig Chillin’ At Home

Cat And Guinea Pig Chillin’ At Home

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troufaki13
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10 months ago

Cat: I ain't giving him my inheritance!

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#20

Black-And-White Kitten, Dutch Rabbit, Guinea Pigs And Border Collie Puppy - All From The Same Mother Apparently

Black-And-White Kitten, Dutch Rabbit, Guinea Pigs And Border Collie Puppy - All From The Same Mother Apparently

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More Thinking Needed
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10 months ago

Proof we can all live happily together.

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#21

Best Buds Almost Falling Off The Bed For Rubs And Kisses

Best Buds Almost Falling Off The Bed For Rubs And Kisses

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Kathryn Baylis
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10 months ago

Proof we are more alike than different.

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#22

Twin Seals Separated At Birth

Twin Seals Separated At Birth

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MellonCollie
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10 months ago

In Dutch, a seal is called "zeehond", dog of the sea. If you have ever seen a seal in the water with just it's head out ... you'll know there was never a more aptly named animal species!

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#23

Found His Brother

Found His Brother

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Becklass
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10 months ago

He didn’t see this coming, he’s shocked

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#24

Brother From Another Mother

Brother From Another Mother

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Olivier Caissy
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10 months ago

Both with eyes that will suck in your soul. (Seriously they are beautiful)

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#25

Brothers From Another Mother

Brothers From Another Mother

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Andy Acceber
Community Member
10 months ago

I'm pretty sure that's "Brothers from Another M-Udder." I'll see myself out...

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#26

There Is One Spy Here

There Is One Spy Here

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Becklass
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10 months ago

Day 87…I must try harder to blend in. Amber eyes is getting suspicious.

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#27

Gingers Unite

Gingers Unite

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A B C
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10 months ago

That cat's eyes speak pure love <3

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#28

Who Knew A Cat And Guinea Pig Could Look So Alike

Who Knew A Cat And Guinea Pig Could Look So Alike

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Kona Pake
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10 months ago

Which one is which?

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#29

I Didn't Realize How Well They Matched Each Other Before Now

I Didn't Realize How Well They Matched Each Other Before Now

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A B C
Community Member
10 months ago

*befur now

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#30

When The Kitten And Puppy Are A Matching Set

When The Kitten And Puppy Are A Matching Set

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A B C
Community Member
10 months ago (edited)

Whoa, those eyes - on both of them *__* mesmerizing.

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#31

Nemo The Tri-Pawed Pupper And His Matching Friend, Yam

Nemo The Tri-Pawed Pupper And His Matching Friend, Yam

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Sue Lynn Chan
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10 months ago (edited)

I had to check the previous post to see if they are the same ….

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#32

Colors Are The Smiles Of Nature

Colors Are The Smiles Of Nature

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Mahayana
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10 months ago

Ridiculously photogenic horsy!

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#33

They're Even Both Sleeping The Same Way

They're Even Both Sleeping The Same Way

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Kathryn Baylis
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10 months ago

Always funny when the cat’s the bigger animal.

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#34

Brothers From Another Mother

Brothers From Another Mother

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Andy Acceber
Community Member
10 months ago

Apparently, the powers that be had some fur remnants left over after making the dog and decided to whip up a little cat too.

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#35

Well If This Ain’t The Cutest Thing You’ve Seen Today, I’d Be Very Surprised

Well If This Ain’t The Cutest Thing You’ve Seen Today, I’d Be Very Surprised

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A B C
Community Member
10 months ago

Fierce competition in this thread...

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#36

Brothers From Another Mother

Brothers From Another Mother

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Kathryn Baylis
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10 months ago

They blend so well!

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#37

Brother From Another Mother

Brother From Another Mother

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
10 months ago

That cat has perfected the sad eyes to a heartbreaking extreme!

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#38

Brothers

Brothers

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Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
10 months ago

Hey Big Bro! You’ll look out for me, won’t ya?

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#39

Some Warm Fuzzies In Honor Of Wal’s Birthday

Some Warm Fuzzies In Honor Of Wal’s Birthday

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Nora12
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10 months ago

So which one do we think is Wal

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#40

Dat Peeg & Dat Bun. Zephyr & Ostara

Dat Peeg & Dat Bun. Zephyr & Ostara

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MellonCollie
Community Member
10 months ago

Awesome names!

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#41

My Dog And His New Look-Alike Pupper Friend

My Dog And His New Look-Alike Pupper Friend

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A B C
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10 months ago

Look mom, it's little-me :)

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#42

Cat Spoon Pug

Cat Spoon Pug

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Andy Acceber
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10 months ago

I keep telling my spouse, kitties just want to cuddle. The dog looks like she's being tortured, but the cat just wants the warmth. (My own terrier has a similar expression whenever our cat comes near.)

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#43

My Entirely Unrelated Pets Twinning Out This Evening

My Entirely Unrelated Pets Twinning Out This Evening

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Kathryn Baylis
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10 months ago (edited)

On the lookout for someone to come home, or the same squirrel?

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#44

Is Your Heart Melting As Much As Mine Did? Little Ducklings Coming In For A Snuggle With The Kitty. He Was All Purrs And Head Hoops With Them

Is Your Heart Melting As Much As Mine Did? Little Ducklings Coming In For A Snuggle With The Kitty. He Was All Purrs And Head Hoops With Them

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Taxi Driver
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10 months ago

It's so cute! I just can't oh my..

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#45

Percy Is The Very Best Big Brother

Percy Is The Very Best Big Brother

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Taxi Driver
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10 months ago

Please tell me the cat's name is Estelle (if you understand this reference you are now my friend)

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#46

Cat And Dog Twins

Cat And Dog Twins

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Becklass
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10 months ago

I thought the dog was standing on the cat for a second.

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#47

Twinsies

Twinsies

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Lauren Caswell
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10 months ago

Oh No, part of me is escaping!

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#48

I Am Crimson The Great, And Demand To Have My Chin Scratched

I Am Crimson The Great, And Demand To Have My Chin Scratched

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Zena Marsh
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10 months ago

"Little bit higher...."

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#49

My Pupper Has A Matching Brother (From Another Mother)

My Pupper Has A Matching Brother (From Another Mother)

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Kathryn Baylis
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10 months ago

Color coordinated.

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#50

Happy Twins

Happy Twins

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Jennifer Brekke
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10 months ago

The cat's markings look like a white dog barking at the dog, who I can only assume is named Spot.

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