An abandoned puppy in the United States was born with an extra tail right between his eyes. He was rescued and put in a shelter. Pictures of this puppy have already made their way around the world.
An abandoned puppy named Narwhal recently rose to fame on social networks thanks to a unique birth defect that makes him look like... a unicorn. Indeed, the puppy, who appears to be a dachshund mix, was born with a small, extra tail... right on his forehead.
A birth defect
Members of Mac's Mission, a Missouri-based shelter specializing in dogs that are injured, abused or require special care, found and nursed little Narwhal back to health. The Cape Small Animal Clinic confirmed that his veterinarian, Dr. Brian Heuring, examined Narwhal and that his extraordinary little tail isn't causing him any harm or complications.
'The tail is likely a birth defect,' he said. 'Those usually manifest in dogs as cleft palates or extra toes and causes can range from environmental factors to toxins the puppy's mother may have been exposed to.'
How come he can't wag his extra tail?
According to the veterinarian, the dog could have a special role on Earth.
'He can go into schools and hospitals and show people it’s OK to be different.'
Of course, everyone is asking the same question: how come this little tail doesn't wag? Much to Mac's Mission volunteers' disappointment, "the extra tail is not connected to anything, and has no real use other than making him the COOLEST PUPPY EVER!” So, the tail remains motionless on the pup's forehead.
A social media celebrity
Thanks to this particularity, Narwhal grabbed the whole world's attention, simultaneously raising awareness about the other dogs in need of a home. Narwhal is "super excited [about] being the poster child for “special is awesome,” the shelter wrote on their Facebook page. But has he found a home yet? 'Not yet,' says the shelter. 'We want him to grow a bit more and truly make sure the tail doesn’t become a bother or problem."'If all goes well, he'll soon have a new family that'll give him all the love he deserves.