133 Pets Whose Genetics Made Them Unique

Inherited traits are passed down through an animal’s genetic code which is found in the animal’s DNA—a long molecule that is present in every cell in the body. The DNA contains thousands of genes. A gene is a specific DNA sequence that leads to the expression of an inherited characteristic. For example, there are genes that determine eye color, coat color, and other body characteristics.

And while we’re used to, for example, cats with 18 toes and puppies with 2 ears, sometimes an animal’s genes decide to play a trick on us, and it comes to this world with more (or less!) of these features. Continue scrolling and take a look at this Bored Panda list, compiled to show you what genetic surprises some of our beloved creatures possess!

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#1 Cat Named Yoda Was Born With An Extra Set Of Ears

#2 Ren Is A Polydactyl With 6 Toes On Each Foot

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#3 My Sister Found This Adorable Guy With Extra Toes

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#4 Met This Cat Today With Two Tails

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#5 Frankie Was Born With Four Ears And An Eye Deformity But He’s Still Purrfect

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#6 Doubled Fangs Of a kitten

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#7 The Cat At Our Warehouse Gave Birth To A Kitten Who Has An Extra Tiny Paw That Functions As A Thumb

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#8 Too Many Peets

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#9 Polydactyl Maine Coon

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#10 This Unicorn Puppy Named Narwhal Was Found Abandoned With An Extra Tail On His Forehead

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#11 Sansa Is A Special Needs Rescue Princess With Feline Hyperesthesia, Different Colored Eyes & More Toes Than You

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#12 This Is Skadi, The Norwegian Lundehund Puppy

This is one of the oldest breeds in the world and is recovering from near-extinction – in 1963, only 6 remained. Now there are 1600. They are naturally polydactyl, can close their ears to water, and bend their heads back 180 degrees.

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#13 This Kitten With 7 Beans!

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#14 Meet Phoebe, The Polydactyl Highland Lynx Complete With Curled Ears And A Bobtail

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#15 Got My Cat Wholesale And He Came With 75% Extra Beans

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#16 I Adopted A Stray Dog With 2 Mouths, One Where The Ear Should Be

Toad is about 6 years old, she found her way to the shelter that I worked at several years ago. The whole staff was kind of in shock at her appearance. She was also highly aggressive when she came in. A shelter officer muzzled her and carried her to the vet clinic and while she was there being examined, it sounds goofy but literally, we made eye contact and she immediately relaxed.

That day I took her into my office to evaluate her and she immediately crawled into my lap. This big scary, insane-looking dog, just climbed into my lap and rested her head on my shoulder. I adopted her and we have been inseparable ever since.

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#17 My Brother’s Cat Has Extra Fangies

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#18 My Cat Is Polydactyl And Has 26 Toes. So I Named Him Toes

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#19 Say Hi To Our New Kitten Maximillion! He’s A Polydactyl Siamese

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#20 Polydactyl Kitten In Clinic Today

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#21 At Work Today We Literally Had A Mutant Cat Come Through… Extra Canine Tooth, Strongly Rooted

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#22 A Cat With An Opposable Thumb. I For One Welcome Our New Cat Overlords

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#23 Sleepy Polydactyl Kitten With An Extra 6 Toes

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#24 My New Love! She’s A Polydactyl She Has 6 Toes On Each Foot! Any Names?

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#25 My Polydactyl Kitty Stella

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#26 Our Little Ginger Polydactyl Kitten

We rescued him and his calico sister from under a neighbour’s deck when they were ~2.5 weeks old. We had to bottle feed them at first, and now they’re eating machines. And super playful and healthy!

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#27 Joey

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#28 Extra Beans

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#29 Polydactyl Peek-A-Boo

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#30 Skippy’s Toes. He Was A Kitten I Fostered Last Year Who Had Radial Hypoplasia And A Lot Of Toes

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#31 This Is Migi, Our Polydactyl 6-Year-Old Cat

Adopted another older, shy girl from the shelter. When we met her, she looked sad, wasn’t food motivated and poor girl still needs some dental work done.

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#32 Found A Kitty With Extra Beans At The Lake. Meet Pawla Abdul

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#33 Philo! He’s Our New Kitten That Is Polydactyl. He Has Six Toes On The Back And 5 On Front

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#34 Polydactyl Kitten Born With 23 Beans

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#35 Meet Meow Mao, A Kitty With An Extra Toe On Each Foot

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#36 Dem Peets

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#37 My Polydactyl Foster Kitten

So I’m fostering my first polydactyl kitten, Arya, and I just find her paws so fascinating. And here’s her front left paw with seven toes, too! Each of her back paws has five toes. So while kittens are supposed to have 18 toes, she has 24!

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#38 Amelia And Her Two Faced Cat

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#39 This Cat Has Both Heterochromia And Extra Toes

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#40 Aunt-In-Law Has A Very Beany Boy With Not Just One, But Two Extra Toes. On Every Paw

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#41 Here Is My Rescue Baby

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#42 I Drove Over An Hour One Way To Pick Up My Purrito With Extra Beans From A Shelter In The Middle Of Nowhere. Meet Zula

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#43 This My Nugget At 2 Months Old And 1 Year Old. She’s My Stunted Growth, Cross Eyed, Head Tilted, Polydactyl, Special Kitty

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#44 My Highland Lynx Kitten Is Polydactyl On All Four Paws

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#45 Our Cat, Waffles. Total 25 Toes

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#46 Felina, Showing How Unique She Is

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#47 I Was Able To Get A Good Shot Of Her Little Paws With The Extra Toes

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#48 Friend’s Cat Has Black Chin, So It Always Looks Surprised. It’s Also A Polydactyl And Had Thumbs

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#49 My Kitten Showing Off Her Polydactyl Toe Beans

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#50 My Friend’s Polydactyl Half-Lynx Kitten. Her Name Is Nimh

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#51 This Kitten Has Two Extra Toes

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#52 This Kitty Got An Extra Helping Of Toe Beans

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#53 So Many Beanzzzz. This Is A 4,5 Month Old Polydactyl Mane Coon, He’s Gonna Be So Big

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#54 Too Many Toes, Got Stuck In The Screen

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#55 Galileo Pad Thai Has Extra Beans And Would Like To Share

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#56 Loki And His Extra Beans

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#57 High Five

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#58 Meet Sam, My Polydactyl (Extra Toes) Kitty. Also Known As A Hemingway Cat

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#59 My Newly Adopted Kitten Is Polydactyl! Both Front Paws Have An Extra Finger So It Looks Like He Has Little Thumbs

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#60 This Was A First For Me, Anyone Ever Seen A Dog With Two Canine Teeth? Other Side Was Completely Normal. Breed Is Husky

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#61 My Polydactyl Penelope At The Vet

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#62 Meet My New Boi! He’s Got Floopy Ears And Extra Toes! But He Doesn’t Have A Name Yet

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#63 Polydactyl Cats Are Cats Born With More Than The Usual Amount Of Toes On Their Paws Due To Mutation

In the past, sailors believed that they brought good luck and kept them, as they believed the extra digits give polydactyl cats better balance, important when at sea. 

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#64 Little Cheeto And His Extra Toes

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#65 Littlefoot Has Some Extra Toes

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#66 My Cat Has An Extra Toe On Each Paw So It Looks Like He Has Mittens On

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#67 My 87 Year Old Grandma With Her 27 Year Old, 24 Toed, Polydactyl Cat

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#68 His Name Is Cosmos, He’s Helped Me Through A Lot Of Mess In The Past Two Years. I Love Him And His Extra Toes

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#69 Sleepy Boy Has A Few Extra Toes

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#70 Happy 3rd Birthday Kingsley! Love You So Much

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#71 I Rescued This Baby Last Night. Just Discovered That It Was A Boy. He’s Polydactyl, Thinking Of Naming Him Rugen

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#72 Saturday Mornings With Brother Calzone

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#73 7-Week-Old Bella With Her Sweet Smile And Polydactyl Mitten Paws

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#74 Polydactyl Toe Beans

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#75 The Polydactyl Chonk I Catsit Every So Often. He Weighs About 25 Lbs And Has Paws Almost As Big As My Hands

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#76 Leg Broken In 2 Places But Still Got Sexy Legs And Thumbs

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#77 This Little Piggy Went To Market, This Little Piggy Stayed Home, This Little Piggy Had Roast Beef, But Wait, He Did Have Three Little Piggies Who Stayed For Some

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#78 The Cat At Our Warehouse Gave Birth To A Kitten Who Has An Extra Tiny Paw That Functions As A Thumb

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#79 My Sister’s Cat Has An Extra Digit On Each Front Paw. Looks Like He’s Wearing Mittens

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#80 Remi On His Way To His New Home

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#81 Meet Pieds (French For Feet). This Handsome, Sweet Boy Has 7 Toes On Each Front Paw And 6 On Each Back

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#82 Didn’t Want To Miss Out On Thumbs Up Thursday

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#83 I’ve Got Extra Beans

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#84 Adopted Another Little Girl. Her Name’s Gemma, She’s About 8 Months Old, And A Polydactyl Kitty! She’s Got Extra Beans On All 4 Paws

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#85 Helloooo

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#86 Kitty Has Extra Jelly Beans For You

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#87 Meet Dexter, My New Polydactyl Kitten

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#88 Mittens. The Polydactyl Cat

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#89 My Friend Has A Polydactyl Cat. He Looks Like He Is Throwing A Gang Sign

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#90 My Cat Is Polydactyl. 7 Toes On One Paw

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#91 My Kitten I Got Yesterday. She Has Two Extra Toes And I Think It Looks Super Cool

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#92 My Polydactyl Cat Has Extra Paws Instead Of Just Extra Toes

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#93 Thor The Polydactyl Maine Coon Showing Off Those Giant Mitts. Almost 8 Months Old

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#94 My Friend Has Extra Fingers

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#95 This Is Ernie. He’s A Polydactyl, 22 Pounds, And Always Looks Angry

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#96 Polydactyl Toe Beans On A Newborn Kitten

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#97 My Polydactyl Cat Seven

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#98 My Best Friend’s Polydactyl Kitten, Hemingway

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#99 Wesley, Our Polydactyl Tabby. So Many Toes

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#100 My Cat Has Thumbs

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#101 Daisy Is A Polydactyl (Extra Toe Beans)

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#102 Strawberry Flavored Polydactyl Beans

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#103 Fry Basically Has An Extra Paw On Each Front Foot, With An Almost Full Extra Pad, And 3 Tiny Extra Toes. I’ve Never Seen Such Severe Polydactylism! I Love All His Little Toe Beans

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#104 The Sweetest Face

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#105 Enjoying My Favorite Pastime

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#106 I’m Totally Obsessed With These Paws

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#107 It Is Hard For Me To Resist His Extra Beans When They Wave For My Attention

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#108 Just Look At That Paw

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#109 Beans Loved The Attention At Her First Appointment Today! She’s A Unique One With All Her Extra Toe Beans

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#110 Thumby Boiii

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#111 Found This Little Polydactyl Kitten On My Porch The Other Night

Vet thinks he’s 6-7 weeks old. After around 4 baths and many brushes we think he is now flea free and can joint the rest of the crew. Every meet Hemi (after Ernest Hemingway).

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#112 Meet Our Polydactyl Baby Amira! I Call Her Bonus Beans

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#113 A Polydactyl Cat Nudged It’s Way Through My Door And Made Itself At Home, After Previously Following Me Home Multiple Times, We Named Him Thumper

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#114 A Unicorn Came Into The Shelter Today: Polydactyl Highland Lynx

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#115 Meet My Polydactyl Cat, Lila. Extra Toes, Extra Awkward

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#116 One Of Our Polydactyl Foster Kittens Was Not A Fan Of The Camera

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#117 This Is My Polydactyl Kitten, And He Has 6 Toes On All Four Paws

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#118 Polydactyl Kitty Would Like To Come Inside

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#119 Today I Met This 17 Year Old Meow Pal Named Musty. He Had Extra Toes And An Old Man Meow And Honestly I Would Do Anything For Him

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#120 What These Twin Gentlemen Lack In Mental Capacity, They Make Up For In Extra Toes

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#121 Cats Are Like Pringles: You Can’t Have Just One. Just Applied To Adopt Otis The Polydactyl Cat From The City Pound

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#122 Adopted This Little Polydactyl A Few Weeks Ago, Wanted To Share His Lovely Extra Beans With The Internet

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#123 Polydactyl Foster Kitten Beans

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#124 Polydactyl Plane. Pilot Does Not Appreciate The Neighbors’ Fireworks

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#125 Recently Rescued A Feral Cat But I’ve No Ideas On What To Name Her. She’s Polydactyl – Has Extra Toes

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#126 Meet Pancake

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#127 My Super Goofy, Super Polydactyl Son, Knuckles

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#128 Little Jinx Showing Off His Extra Beans

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#129 My Rabbit Kick Polydactyl

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#130 My Polydactyl Cat Using His Extra Toes To Balance

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#131 Polydactyl (Extra-Toed) Cat At Ernest Hemingway’s House In Key West

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#132 Polydactyl Rocky (Girl). 8 Weeks Old

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#133 My Friends Dog Had Puppies. One Was Born Polydactyl

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