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Happy ending nigh for unfortunate-looking kitten

Six-week-old Luminus will soon be headed to a new home, according to the Wood Green animal shelter.

She's playful. She's lovable. But she happens to look like, um, Hitler.

A six-week-old kitten at a British animal shelter was having difficulties finding a home because her unusual markings make her resemble the Nazi leader, The Telegraph reports.

The cat, whom was given the unfortunate nickname "Kitler" (although is now called Luminus on the shelter's website) was found abandoned and severely malnourished at the side of a road more than a week ago. The shelter restored her health and began calling her Kitler because a black mark under her nose reminded them of Adolf Hitler's distinctive moustache.

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"'Kitler is an adorable little girl who will make a wonderful addition to the right family. She is really playful and a typical sweet kitten," Tara Dundon, spokeswoman for the Wood Green animal shelter in Godmanchester, told The Telegraph. "We rehome five and a half thousand animals every year but we cannot find a loving owner for Kitler. We think her unusual markings are putting people off."

But, happily, some people just saw cuteness. "Luminus has been inundated with rehoming offers," says an update on the Wood Green website, after her story was picked up by media outlets around the world.

Surely the nickname and this photograph of the kitten with its arm raised didn't help matters. (Although one has to ask oneself how much the power of suggestion is at work here. Check out, for example, this house that supposedly looks like Hitler, or the website, which shows plenty of mustachioed felines.)

Lest you dismiss Kitler's tale though, there is a darker side to this story. As Ms. Dundon told The Telegraph, her shelter takes in hundreds of stray cats every year. Imagine the fates of all the other animals that don't fit with pet owners' desired appearances.

Would you adopt an animal that's not conventionally attractive?

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Wency Leung is a general assignment reporter for the Life section. Before joining The Globe in early 2010, she has worked as a reporter in Vancouver, Prague, and Phnom Penh. More

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