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Science fiction has done a great job at making the concept of genetic mutation so frightening that even thinking of it happening in real life following a nuclear disaster might send chills down one's spine.

Well, genetic mutations do happen in real life without it being an apocalyptic Fallout scenario. The results might vary, but it can just be an aesthetic change making you look unique and cool.

Animals are no different in that regard. Folks all over the internet are sharing the one-of-a-kind genetic mutations their pets were born with, and Bored Panda has gathered them all into this neat little list, so enjoy!

#1

Injury At Birth Left Rae With Only The Right Ear. As She Grew, It Migrated To The Top Of Her Head, Making Her A Unicorn

Injury At Birth Left Rae With Only The Right Ear. As She Grew, It Migrated To The Top Of Her Head, Making Her A Unicorn

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#2

Meet Cinnamon. She Was Born With Ears That Look Like Cinnamon Rolls

Meet Cinnamon. She Was Born With Ears That Look Like Cinnamon Rolls

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#3

This Is Heidi. She Has Vitiligo

This Is Heidi. She Has Vitiligo

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So, a genetic mutation is when DNA—that thing that determines who we are as organisms and how we go about being organisms—is replicated and something wrong happens. An error.

In simple terms, DNA is made up of parts that, when put together, determine one thing or another about our bodies. However, sometimes, the parts can get mixed up, additional parts might be added, or subtracted, this leading to mutations.

#4

Frankenkitten The Four-Eared, One-Eyed Cat From Victoria, Australia

Frankenkitten The Four-Eared, One-Eyed Cat From Victoria, Australia

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Astrophile
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3 months ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So cute though! 😍 I wonder if all 4 ears would work or if the extra ears are just external bits?

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#5

My Rare Brown Cat Here. Here's Bodhi For Your Viewing Pleasure

My Rare Brown Cat Here. Here's Bodhi For Your Viewing Pleasure

He is a Suffolk Chocolate cat and has a very unique personality to match his rare brown coat. He is my best friend.

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#6

This Is Mr. Poppins. He Has No Teeth

This Is Mr. Poppins. He Has No Teeth

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There are a handful of types of genetic mutations in animals. Without getting super nerdy, the DNA code (or parts thereof) can get mixed up in multiple ways: it can get deleted or inserted, duplicated, inverted, frame-shifted, among other ways. These can affect individual cells or entire chromosomes depending on the circumstances, thus leading to varying degrees of mutation.

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#8

My Dalmatian Is The Size Of A Corgi. He’s The Only One From His Litter To Have Chondrodysplasia (Canine Dwarfism)

My Dalmatian Is The Size Of A Corgi. He’s The Only One From His Litter To Have Chondrodysplasia (Canine Dwarfism)

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So, how do animals get their mutations in the first place?

These can happen throughout the life of an animal or can be inherited from a parent. If a cell is affected by a mutation during life, it’s likely that derivative cells from it will also carry the mutation. In this case, it often only affects a small amount of cells, but inherited mutations, however, will affect all of the offspring cells.

#10

One Of My Bestie’s Kittens Has Dwarfism

One Of My Bestie’s Kittens Has Dwarfism

He’s two months old and he’s barely the size of one of her pet rats. He is so small but so mighty. His name is Roger, and he’s a cutie.

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#11

This Is Mitch. He Has An Extra Vertebrae, So His Tail Is Extra Long. He Carries It On His Back Like A Squirrel

This Is Mitch. He Has An Extra Vertebrae, So His Tail Is Extra Long. He Carries It On His Back Like A Squirrel

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#12

If You Never Saw One, Here Is An Albino Raccoon

If You Never Saw One, Here Is An Albino Raccoon

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Mutations are spontaneous. They happen during the process of replicating DNA. And since the body goes through quite a bit of these throughout the day, errors are bound to happen.

Now, the body does have mechanisms to deal with these errors. The biological mechanism that creates DNA also checks it for errors and if something is wrong, it attempts to fix it. I say attempts because it’s not always successful.

#14

Maximus Has Some Crazy Whiskers

Maximus Has Some Crazy Whiskers

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#15

Jinx Has Unusually Large Eyes And Feet - He Was Once The Mayor Of Hell, Michigan

Jinx Has Unusually Large Eyes And Feet - He Was Once The Mayor Of Hell, Michigan

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If you’re wondering how the body does repairs, there are essentially 3 ways to go about it: [1] direct reversal, whereby enzymes directly undo the damage done by the DNA-creation chemical reaction; [2] excision repair, whereby the enzymes quite literally remove the wrong part to be replaced by the right one; and [3] double-stranded break repair, which is when a whole chromosome breaks into two, essentially, and the body fixed that.

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#17

My All-Black Cat Had Five All-White Kittens

My All-Black Cat Had Five All-White Kittens

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#18

My Friend's Cat Has A Comically Long Tail

My Friend's Cat Has A Comically Long Tail

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Why did I actually laugh out loud 😂 that is indeed comically long

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How much something will be affected by a mutation depends on the size and location.

The effects of germ line mutations, for instance, can vary from neutral to detrimental to beneficial.

#19

Meet Mochi, Our Adorable Rescue Kitty With Three Legs, No Ears, And No Tail

Meet Mochi, Our Adorable Rescue Kitty With Three Legs, No Ears, And No Tail

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Littlemiss
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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That poor cat has seen things. May Mochi have a a better life than they started off with.

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#20

My Cat Olaf Has Heterochromia (One Green Eye, One Blue Eye) And When Photographed With A Flash On He Only Gets Red Eye In His Blue Eye

My Cat Olaf Has Heterochromia (One Green Eye, One Blue Eye) And When Photographed With A Flash On He Only Gets Red Eye In His Blue Eye

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#21

This Is Beaux Tox. He Was Born With A Facial Deformity

This Is Beaux Tox. He Was Born With A Facial Deformity

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sturmwesen
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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You know those ancient paintings of animals where the perspective is off...?

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If the effect is neutral, this means that the mutation affected the DNA that has no function or the part that doesn’t affect amino acid sequences.

In serious cases, mutations can limit or completely destroy an animal’s ability to survive or reproduce. Marfan syndrome, for example, can affect cattle, specifically their heart and blood vessels, the skeleton and muscle tissue, and even cause ocular diseases.

#22

This Beautiful Dachshund With Vitiligo

This Beautiful Dachshund With Vitiligo

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#23

This Is My Handsome, Cross-Eyed Cat, Gus

This Is My Handsome, Cross-Eyed Cat, Gus

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#24

The Absolute Ears On This Bunny

The Absolute Ears On This Bunny

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Other genetically-caused illnesses in animals include epilepsy, polydactyly (extra fingers or toes), cancer, congenital heart anomalies, eosinophilic skin disease, polycystic kidney disease, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, progressive retinal atrophy, vitiligo, among others.

#25

Chocolate Brown Tuxedo Kitten

Chocolate Brown Tuxedo Kitten

This was posted by a Northern Colorado TNR organization, shared with them by a trapper in Denver where this cutie was apprehended. They said that brown is a rare genetic mutation of the gene for black fur, and that they trapped another brown cat in the area. He’s already spoken for, so wish him a happy life off the streets!

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#26

Meet Quasimodo, The Dog With The Short Spine. Even If You’re Different You Can Still Enjoy Life

Meet Quasimodo, The Dog With The Short Spine. Even If You’re Different You Can Still Enjoy Life

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Aw he’s so cute! I hope that condition doesn’t cause too much discomfort :(

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#27

Scrappy, A Cat With Vitiligo

Scrappy, A Cat With Vitiligo

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But there are also mutations that benefit the body. Insects can develop an immunity to pesticides that cover certain crops. Not really good for humans, but, hey, the animal found a way to survive, so it benefits it.

Another example is nylon-eating bacteria. Now, it might not necessarily benefit the bacteria itself, but it does solve the problem of degrading nylon-based waste.

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#28

A Highlander Came In Today. 24 Toes In Total

A Highlander Came In Today. 24 Toes In Total

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#29

A Permanently Startled Rescue Cat Shocks Social Media With His Sweet, Expressive Face

A Permanently Startled Rescue Cat Shocks Social Media With His Sweet, Expressive Face

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If you’ve enjoyed this listicle of cute, inspiring and interesting genetic animal mutations, there’s more where that came from on Bored Panda.

But if you can’t be bothered with that, why not leave a comment and upvote before you go on your next online adventure?

#31

My Friend's Cat Bianca Has Thumbs

My Friend's Cat Bianca Has Thumbs

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#32

Duo Is A Special Kitten With Two Faces On One Head. Duo Has A Condition Commonly Known As “Janus”, Also Known As Craniofacial Duplication

Duo Is A Special Kitten With Two Faces On One Head. Duo Has A Condition Commonly Known As “Janus”, Also Known As Craniofacial Duplication

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#33

My Friend Ran Into This Cat Today. Never Seen This Combination Before

My Friend Ran Into This Cat Today. Never Seen This Combination Before

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#34

Meet Ivy, The Pitbull With Short Spine Syndrome. She Is A 3-Year-Old Queen Now

Meet Ivy, The Pitbull With Short Spine Syndrome. She Is A 3-Year-Old Queen Now

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#35

It's A Very Weird Webbing In My Cat's Eye (The Vet Has Checked It, Nothing Harmful)

It's A Very Weird Webbing In My Cat's Eye (The Vet Has Checked It, Nothing Harmful)

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#36

Full-Time Cat. Part-Time Gargoyle

Full-Time Cat. Part-Time Gargoyle

This is Wilbur. He’s my soulmate! He is albino and the black crust is due to an autoimmune disease. He’s very happy and healthy.

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What an interesting-looking cat! He kinda looks like robocop.

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#37

This Is Our Polydactyl Boy, Jax! He's Odd

This Is Our Polydactyl Boy, Jax! He's Odd

Lynx-Siamese, for anyone wondering.

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#38

Here’s A Pic Of My Chonky Rottweiler, Kaiser. He Was Born With Gigantism So He Was Absurdly Large As A Puppy And Is Still Large

Here’s A Pic Of My Chonky Rottweiler, Kaiser. He Was Born With Gigantism So He Was Absurdly Large As A Puppy And Is Still Large

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#39

Met This Unique Gentleman At A Petting Zoo This Weekend

Met This Unique Gentleman At A Petting Zoo This Weekend

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#40

Our New Highlander Kitten... Polydactyl On All Four Paws And Curled Ears. We Love Our Unique Little Kitty

Our New Highlander Kitten... Polydactyl On All Four Paws And Curled Ears. We Love Our Unique Little Kitty

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#41

My Cat's Fangs Are So Long His Mouth Doesn't Close All The Way

My Cat's Fangs Are So Long His Mouth Doesn't Close All The Way

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Might need to be filed shorter in time. My cat did as he couldn't eat properly.

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#42

I Met A Dog With 2 Noses At Work

I Met A Dog With 2 Noses At Work

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#43

Gioia And Her Beautiful Wavy Fur (Cornish Rex Cat)

Gioia And Her Beautiful Wavy Fur (Cornish Rex Cat)

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#44

Roo Was Born With A Condition Called Radial Hypoplasia Which Means That His Front Forelegs Are Abnormally Short And Twisted

Roo Was Born With A Condition Called Radial Hypoplasia Which Means That His Front Forelegs Are Abnormally Short And Twisted

This is where it all began, well one of his new beginnings anyway. As a tiny kitten (prior to this pic) someone witnessed someone else throwing something into a lake in a plastic bag and heard meowing. The person saved Roo and brought him to animal control where Florida Humane Society took him to treat him and find him a home.
 
Apparently, someone didn't think he deserved to live because he was different. He doesn't use his right front leg to put weight on so he is more or less a tripod cat when he walks and he stands in the position you see here. We think there is less bone in that right leg than the left leg since it never touches the ground. He was otherwise healthy and required no special treatment as cats born with this adapt very well to getting around having known life no other way. He was adopted out not long after this photo was taken.

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#45

Unique Looking Akita

Unique Looking Akita

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It’s like when someone who always wears glasses takes them off, and their eyes look small

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#46

My Tiny Little Potato, Whose Ears Never Seemed To Grow

My Tiny Little Potato, Whose Ears Never Seemed To Grow

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#47

This Kitten From Sonoma Was Born With 24 Toes

This Kitten From Sonoma Was Born With 24 Toes

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#48

My Dog Buster Has The Skin Condition Vitiligo. It Causes Depigmentation Of The Skin (And Fur). It's Been 9 Months Between These Pictures

My Dog Buster Has The Skin Condition Vitiligo. It Causes Depigmentation Of The Skin (And Fur). It's Been 9 Months Between These Pictures

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#49

My Cat Has Wide-Spaced Eyes

My Cat Has Wide-Spaced Eyes

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#50

Polly - Polydactyl, Checking In! 8 + 7 = My Two Front Feet

Polly - Polydactyl, Checking In! 8 + 7 = My Two Front Feet

My name is Polly. I talk with my people, like cuddles, and I nibble on noses, ears, and hair because some monster left me in a dumpster before I was properly weaned. I have a good life and a good sister-friend Crackers now though.

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