If Jack Sparrow had a kitten, it just might be Sebastian, the one-eyed black and white feline with an eyepatch, from Catshill, Worcestershire.
Sebastian once had two good eyes, but somehow, one was badly damaged when he was about 10 weeks old. “How he got that injury, we don’t know,” said Diane Wilson, from the South Birmingham Cat Protection League. “The eye injury was indescribable. We thought it was caused by cat flu, but the vet told us after the operation that it was an injury.” The poor little guy was brought to the vet to be put down, but the vet saw a fighting spirit in the kitten and took a gamble. He removed the eye, sewed his eyelid shut and called upon the Cat Protection League to see if they could find him a new home.
In spite of his disfigurement, Sebastian was quickly adopted and now he is an integral part of a family that lives in the village of Catshill within the UK. His new owners, Liz and Spencer, say that Sebastian’s swashbuckling eyepatch is worn now only for special occasions, such as when a new visitor is coming to the house. “Sebastian’s missing eye can prove shocking to unsuspecting visitors,” says Liz, aged 32. “That’s a shame, although I can understand some people reacting badly if they don’t know him. He’s a brilliant cat. Knowing someone rejected him because he lost an eye made us want him even more.”
How Sebastian sustained his gruesome injury remains a mystery, but he has fully recovered from his ordeal and he is now a tumbling, pouncing, purring fur ball that epitomizes feline confidence.