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Mary Benson holds Yoda (closeup above), a mutant hairless kitten that was born to a feral mother cat on Benson's rural Atwater farm. Tribune photo by Carolyn Lange

Hairless kitty stays warm out of the cold


ATWATER -- When Mary Benson got her first glimpse of the new litter of feral cats that had taken up residence in her rural Atwater horse barn in late August, she did a double take.

Nuzzled up next to the mother cat were two normal kitties with orange fur.

But then there was this "creature" who was nursing alongside its liter-mates. "It was a white spidery-looking thing," said Benson.

She shook her head and said, "Oh, no. I've had too much coffee today."

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Carolyn Lange
A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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