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Last Updated: Tuesday March 03 2009 12:20 GMT

Ugly cat attracts lots of fans

Ugly the cat

An unusual-looking cat is becoming something of a local celebrity at the vet hospital where he lives in America.

Ugly the cat has thick, flowing fur on his chest, but the rest of him is bald, giving him a very unusual appearance.

Staff at the vets say most people can't believe their eyes when they see Ugly for the first time, but insist he's got a real inner beauty.

His owner, Dr Stephen Bassett, was given the cat by one of his clients and says Ugly's very happy there.

"He likes it here," he said. "He's comfortable. He likes the people petting him. So, he enjoys it."