updated 05/08/2013 AT 1:30 PM ET
•originally published 05/08/2013 AT 1:35 PM ET
Let’s play a quick game of word association. When we say “princess,” what do you think of? Pink, pretty … Kate Middleton? And when we say “monster,” does your mind immediately go to darkness, terror and growling?
Put those two words together, and you have Princess Monster Truck, the latest Instagram cat celebrity we’re purring over.
Her N.Y.C.-based owners, Tracy Timmons and Joseph Bryce, tell BuzzFeed this ball of black fluff “came tumbling out of a bush when we were walking home one night from dinner. Her hair was totally matted, she was really thin and obviously hungry.” It was dark outside, so they didn’t notice what was so special about her right way.
“We didn’t completely see the teeth until she looked up at us and let out a really weird howl/meow,” recalls Timmons. “When I saw her face, I kind of shrieked and said, ‘What is it?’”
After taking Princess Monster Truck in, they took her to the veterinarian office to learn more about her.
“After they stopped laughing about her, I had to ask whether they thought Monster was born that way or whether something happened to her,” says Timmons. “The vet assured me that this looked like a condition from birth the way her jaw was structured, and these kinds of things happen commonly in Persian breeds.”
Now, Princess Monster Truck has a growing fan base – nearly 3,000 Instagram followers and counting! – and a purr-fect palace to call her own.