The 10-week-old pup named "Narwhal the Little Magical Furry Unicorn" was discovered with a secondary tail sprouting from his forehead.
An animal rescue center in Missouri is now home to the coolest pup to ever exist and the internet just cannot get over his unbelievably adorable face. The 10-week-old abandoned canine was discovered with an extra tail sprouting from his forehead, prompting the nickname "unicorn puppy" and naturally becoming a viral sensation. While the obvious next question is whether his unicorn tail wags when he's excited, the staff at Mac's Mission —the organization that's caring for the unique doggo — regretfully informs that it doesn't. It does flop around between his eyes when he jumps around though, and it could quite possibly be the cutest thing you see today.
Speaking to The Washington Post, Rochelle Steffen, the founder of the Jackson, Missouri, center said, "We are so stupid excited about it." She revealed that the organization focuses on "special needs" dogs who need extra medical care due to birth defects, injuries, or abuse and the staff have seen horrifying cases of pets who've been shot, run over, or abandoned. Animals who might be put down elsewhere find a second chance through Mac's Mission and the chance to find their new permanent homes.
Steffen has named the playful floof "Narwhal" after a species of whale that has a single large "tusk" and hopes the "magical" dog's popularity online will help bring attention to the work the rescue does. She says the little pup exemplifies the organization's philosophy that the unique rescue animals in their care are all the more lovable because of their abnormalities. "It's me Narwhal!! I don't understand what viral is but my foster mama said my story being viral helps ALL our special needs dogs here at the Mission. You are welcome. I am super excited for being the poster child for 'special is awesome,'" reads a post written in the voice of Narwhal on Mac's Mission's Facebook page.
Narwhal was discovered last weekend after someone informed Steffen about the strange creature they’d found on the street. Unfortunately, the rest of his litter had scattered by the time they arrived at the scene and staff are still trying to track them down. "It's snowed the last couple of days, so I'm nervous," said Steffen. However, the unicorn pup and an older dog believed to be his father are both now safe.
The unique dog is believed to be a dachshund mix with a wiener dog's short legs, said Steffen. But he also appears to have certain traits of a golden retriever considering his tan coloring, soft fur, and head shape. He was found with frostbite on two of his toes when he was rescued from the cold, revealed his foster mom. He was also in need of medicine for worms but otherwise appears to be in great shape when compared to other animals at the rescue. As for whether his secondary tail poses any threat to him, a visit to the vet on Tuesday revealed that, unlike a normal one, Narwhal's unicorn tail doesn't have any bones inside.
Cape Small Animal Clinic's Brian Heuring, who examined Narwhal, confirmed that the dog's extra tail wouldn't affect his quality of life. "This puppy could not be happier," he said. Following the visit to the vet, Mac's Mission posted an update for their Facebook followers, writing, "The million-dollar question about Narwhal's extra tail on his face. Is it connected and does it wag? The extra tail is not connected to anything and has no real use other than making him the COOLEST PUPPY EVER!"
"One of our followers said, 'It appears they assembled the puppy wrong. Always follow the directions, people!' This is a true experience of having 'extra parts' during assembly. Dr. Heuring said there is no real reason at this time for the unicorn tail to be removed (and we all wish it wagged)!! Pretty sure the staff at Cape Small also gushed all over this little nugget! "The unicorn face tail does not bother Narwhal and he never slows down just like any normal puppy. He seems completely healthy other than some usual puppy worms he got meds for. He is not available for adoption immediately as we want him to grow a bit more and truly make sure the tail doesn’t become a bother or problem. Right now he is pretty much the most unique amazing example of what we do here and we are so thankful to have the chance to be part of his journey," the post concluded.