OSLO, Norway — A woman in Norway claims that she was “born in the wrong species” and asserts that she is really a cat trapped in a human body.
Nano, 20, from Oslo recently appeared in a news broadcast posted to the NRK P3 Verdens Rikeste Land YouTube channel, wearing fake cat ears and a tail as she asserted, “I’ve been a cat all my life.”
“I realized I was a cat when I was 16 when doctors and psychologists found out what was ‘the thing’ with me,” she said. “Under my birth there was a genetic defect.”
“You are born like this?” the interviewer asks.
“Yes, I’m born like this,” Nano responds. “Born in the wrong species. … It’s obvious I’m a cat when I start purring and meowing and walking around on four legs and stuff like that.”
The woman is consequently shown crawling on her hands and knees on the floor and scratching at the door as she looks out the window.
At one point, as she is interviewed on the street, Nano hisses and jumps back at the sight of a nearby dog.
“What happened?” the interviewer asks.
“There is a dog over there,” Nano replies.
She states that due to her feline instinct, she “automatically reacts by hissing.”
Nano also claims that she likes to sleep in the sink and on window sills, and sometimes chases mice.
“I have been running a lot after animals that can be seen in the shadows,” she states. “I have tried, but have never managed to catch [a mouse].”
“It is exhausting, but you get used to living with cat acts and cat instincts,” Nano says. “My psychologist told me I can grow out of it, but I doubt it. I think I will be cat all my life.”
In 2012, the late Dennis Avner made headlines when he went through a series of body modification surgeries to make himself look like a female tiger. Avner, who went by the name “Stalking Cat,” wore fangs, grew his nails long to look like claws, and obtained tattoos on his face that looked like stripes. He was found dead in his home in November 2012.
He tried to transform “himself not just into a tiger, but a female tiger at that, blurring and exploring the gender line as much as the species line,” friend Shannon Larratt told reporters.