50 Pics Of Unusual-Looking Pets Who Won The Random Card In The Genetic Lottery

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.

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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

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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#2 Holy Toebeans Big Foot

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#3 Zeus The German Shepherd Dog With Dwarfism

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Genetic mutations which lead to alterations in the physical appearance of cats are designated as body-type mutations. According to Basepaws, in the wild, mutations that lead to the unusual appearance of cats would often quickly disappear from the population because unique-looking individuals would fail to breed in large numbers.

But in domestic cats, some of these body-type mutations like folded ears can be considered an attractive feature, and so breeders select them and they perpetuate within the domestic cat population. Having said that, it’s important to highlight the fact that such mutations, even if considered attractive, are not always healthy for our pets and can have a huge impact on a pet’s health.

#4 Dexter And His Abnormally Long Tail

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#5 Feel Free To Boop Or High Five The Snoot

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#6 Cat With 4 Ears

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Among many genetic mutations found in cats, the ones that alter ears are especially appealing in breeds. Think of the internet’s beloved folded ears, which is a trait associated with a natural dominant mutation in the Fd gene. Basepaws writes that the mutation is specific to the Scottish Fold breed, whose ears are folded forward and down to different degrees of folding. However, this gene is also associated with cartilage defects such as swollen feet and a thickened tail. The mutation is harmful in homozygous form (Fd Fd) and it’s why breeders breed folds only with non-folds to avoid homozygous fold offspring.

#7 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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#8 This Is Fanny. She Has A Rare Skin Condition Called Vitiligo, Causing Her Hair To Depigment

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

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#10 She Has The Most Gorgeous Eyes

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#11 This Cat Must Have A Secret Identity

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

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

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#14 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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#15 A Golden Retriever With A Rare Black Patch On Its Face

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#16 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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#17 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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#18 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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#19 I Am A Little Tiger… Vitiligo

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#20 People Always Tell Me My Cat Has The Most Beautiful Eyes

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#21 Meet Pixel, My Beautiful Kitten With Heterochromia

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

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#23 Spade, The Albino Doberman

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

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#25 Supernumerary Teeth

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

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

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#28 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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#29 Bernese Mountain Dog With Vitiligo

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

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#31 New Housemate Has More Thumbs Than I Was Expecting

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#32 Meet Avgust, The Extraterrestrial Albino Dog From Moscow, Russia

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#33 This Rottweiler With Vitiligo Is Gorgeous

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

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#35 Eggleston Has Some Extra Toes

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#36 Those Ears

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#37 My Cat Has One Little Curly Whisker

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#38 My Curled Ear Girl

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#39 My Cat Pickles. He Was Born Without An Ear

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

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#41 Ranger Is A Fully Grown German Shepherd With Dwarfism

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#42 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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#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

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#44 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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#45 A Python With Piebald Mutation

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

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

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

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#49 This Is Jinx – He Was Born With One Ear

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

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