The Vampire Diaries’ bloodsuckers may be hot, but they have nothing on Lazarus, a so-called “vampire cat.”
The 10-month-old kitty was found by a student at East Tennessee State University. According to the cat’s Facebook page, the little guy has a bilateral cleft palate and cleft nasal area and was taken in by Cynthia Chambers, a special education teacher at the school.
“He’s accommodated quite well,” she told Johnson City Press. “He’s able to kind of throw the food to the back of the mouth and not let it get near the nasal passages, and then if he does get food near those passages, he sneezes.”
Since being found at 10 weeks old, Lazarus has had several surgeries to remove some teeth and treat an infection. Cynthia hopes one day the cat could help children with disabilities, as well.
“I’m a professor in the special education program and so working with individuals with differences is some of the things I do, and building awareness related to disabilities,” she said. “And for Lazarus, he can be a really unique tool for helping children without disabilities understand differences and similarities and how we’re really more alike than different.”