Yoda the Four-Eared Cat
updated 09/08/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 09/08/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT
The retired couple—whose cat of 20 years, Cocoa, had died only a few months earlier—took the four-eared domestic shorthair kitten to their Downers Grove, Ill., home. For nearly two years the cat, named Yoda, led a quiet life, until the Rocks' grown son Glenn Olsen, an amateur photographer, posted pictures of him on a photography Web site. Within days, throngs of people viewed the pictures, including media outlets as far away as England and Australia, prompting the Rocks to keep the cat indoors. "We don't want anyone to steal him," says Rock.
So far, Yoda is oblivious to his newfound fame, contentedly sharing the house with the Rocks' dog Fresa. "He is a very affectionate and social cat," says Rock. "He's perfectly normal in every other way."