Sadly, animals are often born with deformities. There's not much that can be done about that. But did you know that dogs can be born with a tail on its head, too?
This actually has happened to at least one puppy, and pictures of the doggy have gone viral.
This is Narwhal. Narwhal is a rescue puppy who was born with a tail on his head. He currently lives in Missouri but is without a proper home right now.
Extra Hugs and Kisses For Narwhal
Narwhal has been receiving all the love online. Even animals with Twitter accounts are weighing in on the extra special dog.
First, the Twitter page WeRateDogs gave him a 14/10 score, saying:
"This is Narwhal. He was born with an extra tail on his forehead. It hasn’t wagged yet but he’s working on it. 14/10 always read the instructions before assembling your puppy."
Then came this: "Narwhal is whalecome in my pod any day," wrote @whalefact.
Rochelle Steffen is founder of Mac's Mission, an animal rescue in Jackson, Missouri.
According to Buzzfeed, Mac's Mission focuses on special-needs animals. Narwhal could most certainly qualify for that, though the company also helps animals with other deformities like cleft palates, and just overall trauma. Steffen had never seen this before, though:
"We’ve seen some dogs with extra things but not like this," Steffen says.
Steffen says she heard about the puppy through her friends on Facebook. They tagged her in the news about Narwhal because they knew be could be a good fit for her.
"I said 'absolutely,' that looks like one of our kind of dogs," she says.
He Can Only Be Narwhal
As far as the name goes, that was another chance happening.
Steffen says she originally wanted to name the dog Wipers, but that was only if the dogs' tail moved. This tail did not move, so it was on to Plan B.
Steffen likes narwhals, which, same.
"One of my friends texted me and said, 'why don't you name him Narwhal,' and I was like that’s perfect, it's kismet."
Waiting For a Home
Narwhal has been thoroughly checked out. While he was at the vet, doctors looked to see if the tail had an actual bone, and it doesn't. Further, his pseudo-tail is a lot shorter than his actual tail, in case you were wondering.
With all this publicity, Narwhal is sure to be adopted. The question now is just who will be the lucky recipient.
"I think we’ve got about 17,000 people in line to adopt him at this point," Steffen says.