Did you know that the beautiful Scottish Fold felines have their distinctive folded ears due to natural dominant mutation in the Fd gene? Or that Manx cats, a breed originating from the Isle of Man, have a small stub instead of a tail due to a naturally occurring mutation?

Well, some of the genetic anomalies can result in very interesting differences in physical appearance. Just think of Instagram’s supawstars like Midas the cat taking the internet by storm with its four ears, or the deceased Grumpy Cat whose ‘grumpy appearance’ was due to underbite and feline dwarfism.

So this post is about the tricks of nature that resulted in unusual and occasionally even wholesome genetic surprises in the animal kingdom. After you’re done with this post, be sure to check out Bored Panda's previous feature about unique-looking pets!

#1

Meet Narnia, A Rare Two Faced Cat

Meet Narnia, A Rare Two Faced Cat

This blue-eyed kitten’s face was precisely divided into two halves: a gray half and a black half, and everyone was surprised when they first saw him.

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June’s Very Own
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3 months ago (edited)

He’s purrfect

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#2

Zeus The German Shepherd Dog With Dwarfism

Zeus The German Shepherd Dog With Dwarfism

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Friday
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3 months ago

Omg, I’m in love! All hail mighty Zeus!

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#3

She Has The Most Gorgeous Eyes

She Has The Most Gorgeous Eyes

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June’s Very Own
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3 months ago

Emerald beauties

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There’s no definite answer to how common genetic abnormalities are in cats and other pets, the pet health and well-being expert Yulia Popyk from Petcube told Bored Panda, as it can vary greatly depending on the specific genetic abnormality and the population of cats being considered. “However, some estimates suggest that around 3-5% of all cats may be affected by a genetic abnormality. There are a variety of different factors that can contribute to the development of genetic abnormalities, including exposure to environmental toxins, dietary deficiencies, and mutations,” Yulia said.

#4

This Stunning Cat With Striking Two Coloured Eyes Due To A Rare Genetic Condition

This Stunning Cat With Striking Two Coloured Eyes Due To A Rare Genetic Condition

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Riley Warrick
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3 months ago

That is super cool! I've always been fascinated by eye colors. I can't see people's eye colors. So I like to look at pictures like this.

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#5

Rainbow Reticulated Python. Just Another Reminder That There Are So Many Beautiful Things In This World That Are Underappreciated - Including Snakes

Rainbow Reticulated Python. Just Another Reminder That There Are So Many Beautiful Things In This World That Are Underappreciated - Including Snakes

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June’s Very Own
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3 months ago

Sssssooooo sssssstunning

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#6

This Is Fanny. She Has A Rare Skin Condition Called Vitiligo, Causing Her Hair To Depigment

This Is Fanny. She Has A Rare Skin Condition Called Vitiligo, Causing Her Hair To Depigment

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James Hoffberger
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3 months ago

War paint

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Petcube’s pet health expert said that some genetic abnormalities that have been reported in cats include congenital defects of the heart, kidneys, and eyes, among others. “While the exact cause of these abnormalities is not always clear, they are believed to be the result of inbreeding or other genetic factors.”

If you believe that your cat might be born with an abnormality that will critically influence their life, well-being, and health, it would be a good idea to consider subscribing to the emergency vet fund. “The service is basically an untraditional pet insurance product, which provides a direct payment to your vet clinic in a pet’s life-threatening emergency. Moreover, Emergency Fund covers any immediate medical issues which might occur to your cat due to genetic abnormalities,” Yulia said.

#7

Holy Toebeans Big Foot

Holy Toebeans Big Foot

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Pjerrot
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3 months ago

I would Love every single litlle Beanietoe😍😍😍😍

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#8

Cat With 4 Ears

Cat With 4 Ears

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June’s Very Own
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3 months ago

Aww! Straight out of a fantasy book

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#9

I Foster With My Local Shelter And Received A Litter With One Kitten Who Has Dwarfism. She's Half The Size Of Her Littermates. Highly Criminal. Just Dastardly

I Foster With My Local Shelter And Received A Litter With One Kitten Who Has Dwarfism. She's Half The Size Of Her Littermates. Highly Criminal. Just Dastardly

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Pjerrot
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3 months ago

Come here,Litlle Soul♥️♥️

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There are many mutations that are specific to particular breeds. “For example, the gene for short coat length is found only in certain breeds of dogs, such as poodles and Bichon Frises. Other examples include the genes for blue or green eyes, which are found in certain breeds of dogs, such as Siberian huskies, Alaskan malamutes, and Australian cattle dogs. The cocker spaniel breed is prone to a genetic mutation that causes a form of deafness.”

Yulia also said that “the blue coat color in Russian blue cats is caused by a mutation in the gene that encodes the protein melanophilin. This mutation is found only in Russian blue cats and is not found in any other breeds.”

#10

Feel Free To Boop Or High Five The Snoot

Feel Free To Boop Or High Five The Snoot

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June’s Very Own
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3 months ago

Omg she’s so beautiful!

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#11

This Cat Must Have A Secret Identity

This Cat Must Have A Secret Identity

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Stephanie Did It
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3 months ago

The Incredibles have a cat?!

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#12

My Cat Has A Genetic Mutation That Makes Her Eyes Weird, Her Sight Is Perfect

My Cat Has A Genetic Mutation That Makes Her Eyes Weird, Her Sight Is Perfect

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Friday
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3 months ago

Eyes like cracked marbles, beautiful!

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Moreover, “The mutation that causes the Siamese cat’s characteristic blue eyes is only found in that breed. The mutation that causes the hairless trait in Chinese crested dogs is relatively common in that breed but is very rare in other breeds. Other examples include the Manx cat’s taillessness, the Scottish fold’s folded ears, and the sphynx’s hairlessness,” Yulia told us and added that mutation largely depends on the specific genetics of each individual breed.

#13

My Girl Has Vitiligo. She Was Solid Black When We Got Her, And Every Year She Gets A Few More Spots

My Girl Has Vitiligo. She Was Solid Black When We Got Her, And Every Year She Gets A Few More Spots

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June’s Very Own
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3 months ago

She’s like a midnight sky

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#14

Frankie, One-Eyed Kitty With Four Ears Finds A Foster Home

Frankie, One-Eyed Kitty With Four Ears Finds A Foster Home

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Friday
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3 months ago

Frankie must be protected at all costs

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#15

Dexter And His Abnormally Long Tail

Dexter And His Abnormally Long Tail

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Pjerrot
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3 months ago

Does he hang from the Trees in tail & swing like a 🐒

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Meanwhile, some mutations are more common in certain breeds than others. “For example, the dachshund breed is known for its short legs, which is caused by a mutation in the genes that control limb development. The dachshund-specific mutation called intervertebral disc disease is a condition that affects the discs between the vertebrae. This can cause pain, paralysis, and even death in affected dogs. Other breeds have mutations that cause them to have unique coat colors or patterns, such as the brindle coat of the Staffordshire bull terrier,” Yulia explained.

#16

People Always Tell Me My Cat Has The Most Beautiful Eyes

People Always Tell Me My Cat Has The Most Beautiful Eyes

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Vortex Lazer
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3 months ago

It's beautiful indeed.

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#17

Found This Bunny With Unique Markings- Wanted You To Know That You’re Unique. You’re Loved. Just Like This Bun

Found This Bunny With Unique Markings- Wanted You To Know That You’re Unique. You’re Loved. Just Like This Bun

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Friday
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3 months ago

Stunning!

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#18

Meet Pixel, My Beautiful Kitten With Heterochromia

Meet Pixel, My Beautiful Kitten With Heterochromia

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GoodWolf
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3 months ago

This is the most beautiful cat I've ever seen. I'm in love.

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#19

Rowdy Met A New Friend Today. This Is Marcus And He Has Such A Great Attitude About His Vitiligo. He Thinks It's Pretty Cool

Rowdy Met A New Friend Today. This Is Marcus And He Has Such A Great Attitude About His Vitiligo. He Thinks It's Pretty Cool

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Sue Lynn Chan
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3 months ago (edited)

If the eye is yellow, it would looks like two eggs

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#20

I Am A Little Tiger... Vitiligo

I Am A Little Tiger... Vitiligo

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할리ʜᴀʀʟᴇʏ
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3 months ago

she can blend in with my marble floor, ngl <333

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#21

I Saw An Adult German Shepherd That's Diagnosed With Dwarfism Today And It's The Cutest Thing I Saw All Year

I Saw An Adult German Shepherd That's Diagnosed With Dwarfism Today And It's The Cutest Thing I Saw All Year

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Caprichosa
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3 months ago

So cute!!! 🥰

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#22

I Was Told My New Rescue Pup Has The Rarest Of Ears

I Was Told My New Rescue Pup Has The Rarest Of Ears

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Falcon dimi
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3 months ago

Seems like he is looking in to the wind

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#23

Elli Was Born With Tuxedo Markings And Turned Almost Completely White In Three Years Due To Vitiligo

Elli Was Born With Tuxedo Markings And Turned Almost Completely White In Three Years Due To Vitiligo

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Iridescent-Aurora
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3 months ago

Beautiful all the way :D

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#24

New Housemate Has More Thumbs Than I Was Expecting

New Housemate Has More Thumbs Than I Was Expecting

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Friday
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3 months ago

That kitten has mittens

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#25

A Golden Retriever With A Rare Black Patch On Its Face

A Golden Retriever With A Rare Black Patch On Its Face

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June’s Very Own
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3 months ago

Half wolf, half gorgeous puppy

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#26

Spade, The Albino Doberman

Spade, The Albino Doberman

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Friday
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3 months ago

Golderman

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#27

House Cat Suffering From Myostatin-Related Muscle Hypertrophy - A Rare Condition That Causes Muscles To Grow Excessively Large

House Cat Suffering From Myostatin-Related Muscle Hypertrophy - A Rare Condition That Causes Muscles To Grow Excessively Large

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Ola Pe
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3 months ago

Looks like a superhero cat

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#28

Frankie Was The Only One In A Litter Of Sixteen That Was Born With A Limb Difference

Frankie Was The Only One In A Litter Of Sixteen That Was Born With A Limb Difference

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Lorraine Woollands
Community Member
3 months ago

Poor baby

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#29

Supernumerary Teeth

Supernumerary Teeth

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Stephanie Did It
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3 months ago

You can see the middle fang in the first pic!

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#30

Meet Avgust, The Extraterrestrial Albino Dog From Moscow, Russia

Meet Avgust, The Extraterrestrial Albino Dog From Moscow, Russia

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Pjerrot
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3 months ago

😍🥰

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#31

Did Anyone Say Dalmatian Pied? Hands-Down One Of The Most Unique Pieds I’ve Ever Seen

Did Anyone Say Dalmatian Pied? Hands-Down One Of The Most Unique Pieds I’ve Ever Seen

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Deja Katz
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3 months ago

The snake has vitiligo?

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#32

Those Ears

Those Ears

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Ritchat
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3 months ago

Screams Photoshop to me.

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#33

Eggleston Has Some Extra Toes

Eggleston Has Some Extra Toes

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할리ʜᴀʀʟᴇʏ
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3 months ago

witchkitty <3

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#34

My Cat Pickles. He Was Born Without An Ear

My Cat Pickles. He Was Born Without An Ear

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Squawkleo
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3 months ago

The caption is wrong. He was born WITH an ear. 🙃

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#35

I Would Show Off Too, If I Had Paws As Cute As This

I Would Show Off Too, If I Had Paws As Cute As This

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할리ʜᴀʀʟᴇʏ
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3 months ago

cUwUte

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#36

My Curled Ear Girl

My Curled Ear Girl

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할리ʜᴀʀʟᴇʏ
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3 months ago

she looks like a cartoon character <333

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#37

Bernese Mountain Dog With Vitiligo

Bernese Mountain Dog With Vitiligo

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할리ʜᴀʀʟᴇʏ
Community Member
3 months ago

CUTENESS. I lovve the cute sheepish smile :)

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#38

Astrex Bunnies. A Rare Rex Fur Mutation, Have Curly Coats. Little Sheep Bunnies

Astrex Bunnies. A Rare Rex Fur Mutation, Have Curly Coats. Little Sheep Bunnies

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Stephanie Did It
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3 months ago

Shabbit or Reep?

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#39

My Cat Has One Little Curly Whisker

My Cat Has One Little Curly Whisker

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Riley Warrick
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3 months ago

That one whisker...

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#40

This Cat That Lives At The Parking Lot At My Job Has Extra Toes

This Cat That Lives At The Parking Lot At My Job Has Extra Toes

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K Wit
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3 months ago

Take him home

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#41

Local Pet Rescue/Shelter Had Someone Drop Off A Male Kitten That Was Born With 2 Faces

Local Pet Rescue/Shelter Had Someone Drop Off A Male Kitten That Was Born With 2 Faces

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AndThenICommented
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3 months ago

Poor thing didn’t pull through, but he was loved

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#42

This Rottweiler With Vitiligo Is Gorgeous

This Rottweiler With Vitiligo Is Gorgeous

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Riley Warrick
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3 months ago

That sweet face!💖

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#43

This Is A Ghoulish Creature. I Recently Learned That She Is A Lykoi Cat. It's A Rare Natural Mutation. She's Extremely Vocal And Affectionate

This Is A Ghoulish Creature. I Recently Learned That She Is A Lykoi Cat. It's A Rare Natural Mutation. She's Extremely Vocal And Affectionate

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Sam Barnes
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3 months ago

That's a possum 😂😂

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#44

Please Do Not Support Unethical Doberman Breeders Who Purposely Create Dogs Affected With Albinism. Too Many Health Issues Plague These Sensitive Canines As They Age

Please Do Not Support Unethical Doberman Breeders Who Purposely Create Dogs Affected With Albinism. Too Many Health Issues Plague These Sensitive Canines As They Age

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Louise B
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3 months ago

They could start by not mutilating their ears.

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#45

A Cat With Two Functional Noses That Came To The Clinic I Work At

A Cat With Two Functional Noses That Came To The Clinic I Work At

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Pjerrot
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3 months ago

Could be the best Drug-Cat in the Airport👍

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#46

This Is Jinx - He Was Born With One Ear

This Is Jinx - He Was Born With One Ear

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할리ʜᴀʀʟᴇʏ
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3 months ago

not a jinx but a blessing, you're lucky to have him <3

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#47

Ranger Is A Fully Grown German Shepherd With Dwarfism

Ranger Is A Fully Grown German Shepherd With Dwarfism

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Pjerrot
Community Member
3 months ago

I’ll have U too!!! Come here,Fluffy!! I’m completly in LUUUUUUUVVVVV♥️♥️♥️

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#48

This Is Dino. He Has Dwarfism. He’s A Very Small Boy

This Is Dino. He Has Dwarfism. He’s A Very Small Boy

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Jo Johannsen
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3 months ago

Need banana for scale

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#49

A Python With Piebald Mutation

A Python With Piebald Mutation

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LeighAnne Brown-Pedersen
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3 months ago

Snakes can be beautiful!

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#50

These Boys Have A Rare Genetic Condition And Just Got To The Us From Pr And Clearly They’re Happy To Be Here

These Boys Have A Rare Genetic Condition And Just Got To The Us From Pr And Clearly They’re Happy To Be Here

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Lyop
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3 months ago

Cheeky little devils!!

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