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Incredibly rare male tortoiseshell cat finds loving home in New York

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(Photo: SPCA of Erie County, New York)

ERIE COUNTY, N.Y. (SBG) – An incredibly rare furry friend has found a loving home in New York.

Milo -- previously named "Bill" while at the shelter -- is a male tortoiseshell kitty, and while that may not seem to be all that exciting, his genetics prove to be out of the ordinary.

"Genetics are pretty interesting when it comes to calico cats, and the same goes for tortoiseshell catseven the “pastel” or dilute ones like Bill, with softer colors," the release says. "Several genetic mutations cause these cats to develop coats with patterns that seem marbleized, much like the shell of a tortoise."

Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) says with the most common chromosome combos, calicos and tortoiseshell felines are almost exclusively female -- but there's even more to the story.

According to the shelter, sometimes an extra strand of DNA is found in a male cat, making it "XXY," which is extremely rare. SPCA cited a study by the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine that says only about 1 in 3,000 of calico/tortoiseshell cats are male!

Milo has found a loving home and will be living in Buffalo, New York with his new family members Jomaira and Kiara.