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Two Diamond-Eye Cats Will Get $28,000 Wedding

September 25, 1996

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) _ Are diamonds also a businessman’s best friend?

Two Thai executives think so _ and are planning a lavish wedding for their cats, who have a condition known as ``diamond eyes″ that locals believe brings good luck.

The condition is a type of glaucoma. A hard, blue-colored film develops over the eye, leaving the cat blind, unless treated in its early stages.

Vicharn Jarat-archa, who owns a cosmetics company, found the groom, a 3-year-old tabby-Siamese mix, whom he named Phet, while on a hunting trip along the Thai-Burmese border early this year.

``Since then business has been good, and we believe it is because of the cat,″ Vicharn said Wednesday.

So he went back to the border and found the bride, 4-year-old Ploy, whom he gave to Naren Techaworawongsa, a friend and tour company executive.

No expense is being spared on the feline festivities. The bride will have a $60,000 dowry and the Oct. 5 wedding is expected to cost $28,000.

Several government officials will be invited, Vicharn said.

Phet and Ploy will be ferried to Bangkok’s largest discotheque by helicopter and Rolls Royce, and later will enjoy a honeymoon cruise on the temple-lined Chao Phraya River, also known as the River of Kings.

The best man will be a parrot, named Little Emerald, and the maid of honor an iguana named Naughty Girl.

Phet is being fitted for a special tuxedo, and both will have gold wedding rings specially fashioned for their paws.

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