Meet Narwhal, the rescue puppy with a tail growing out of his forehead

By Jessie Yeung, CNN

Updated 0410 GMT (1210 HKT) November 14, 2019

(CNN)There's a 10-week-old puppy in Missouri with a tail growing out of his forehead.

Yes, his forehead. No, it doesn't wag. And, appropriately, his name is Narwhal.

Narwhal the puppy was found in Missouri with an extra tail growing out of his forehead.

눈 사이 꼬리 달린 강아지에 너도나도 “입양하겠다”

   13일(현지시간) 미 미주리주 잭슨에서 맥미션 동물구조대 설립자 로셸 스테펜이 미간에 작은 꼬리가 달린 ‘나르왈’이라는 생후 10주 된 골든레트리버 강아지를 안고 있다. 스테펜은 이 ‘유니콘 강아지’가 온라인에 퍼지면서 입양 문의가 쇄도하고 있다고 밝혔다.


주인이 버린 것으로 추정되는 생후 10주 된 견공이다. 머리 중앙에 꼬리가 달려 있다.

미국 미주리주 맥스 미션이란 구호센터가 보살피고 있는 유기견 ‘나르왈’이다. 버림받은 처지라 특별한 보살핌이 필요하긴 하지만 꼬리가 아무런 통증을 유발하지 않기 때문에 제거할 필요는 없는 것으로 진단됐다고 영국 BBC가 13일(이하 현지시간) 전했다. 맥스 미션 센터가 페이스북에 사진을 올리자 이 단체의 운영을 돕고 싶다는 이들이 잇따라 ‘좋아요’를 누르고 있다.

7년 반 전에 핏불 테리어 ‘맥’을 구조한 인연으로 그 견공의 이름을 따 맥스 미션을 운영하고 있는 로첼레 스테펜은 BBC 뉴스와의 인터뷰를 통해 나르왈이 “몇시간을 놀아도 아무런 통증을 느끼지 않는다”고 말했다. 그녀는 전날 엄니가 하나 뿐인 고래가 수의과를 찾아왔길래 그 고래의 이름을 따 유기견 이름을 나르왈로 붙였다고 페이스북에 털어놓았다.

X레이를 찍어봤더니 진짜 꼬리의 3분의 1 크기인 이 꼬리는 머리 속의 어떤 것과도 연결돼 있지 않고 “세상에서 가장 시원한 견공”을 만들어주는 것 말고는 아무런 역할을 하지 않는 것으로 판명됐다.

나르왈은 아직 입양할 상태는 아니다. 직원들은 “조금 더 자란 뒤에, 정말로 꼬리가 아무런 방해나 문제가 안 된다는 것을 확신할 때까지” 기르고 싶어 한다고 했다.

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Well, his full name is "Narwhal the Little Magical Furry Unicorn," according to dog rescue nonprofit organization Mac's Mission, which took him in after he was discovered last Saturday. He was found in the freezing cold, with what appears to be the beginnings of frostbite on one paw.

Unlike an actual narwhal whale, which has a protruding canine tooth that resembles a tusk, the tail on Narwhal's forehead is short and stubby, sprouting right between his eyes -- and flops from side to side when he plays. He has a normal tail, too, this one is just extra.

The puppy was discovered by Mac's Mission, a nonprofit organization for special needs dogs in Missouri.

Workers at Mac's Mission, which specializes in special needs dogs who had been abused or born with defects, say he's recovering quickly, with the frostbite healing.

"He seems completely healthy other than some usual puppy worms he got meds for," said the organization in a Facebook post.

Vets took X-ray scans which showed the tail isn't connected to anything. It has no real use, as far as they can tell, but it also doesn't cause him any pain and there's no medical reason to remove it -- so the forehead tail is here to stay. "The unicorn face tail does not bother Narwhal and he never slows down just like any normal puppy," said the Facebook post.

He was found with another dog, which rescue workers speculate may be his father. This older dog, who has been named Poppa Smurf, is a Daschund Terrier mix -- so they assume Narwhal may have some Daschund in him as well.

Narwhal is 10 weeks old, and recovering from frostbite in one paw.

It's not clear what happened to the two of them before they were discovered, but a spokesperson from Mac's Mission told CNN Narwhal is from rural Missouri in the Midwest, and loves to play -- and now, he has thousands of fans online, after his special tail catapulted him to internet fame.

The rush of online attention has been "crazy," the spokesperson, adding that the staff "feel like we're in a dream."

He's not yet ready for adoption, Mac's Mission said online -- but that hasn't stopped Narwhal's fans from wanting to take him home. The organization has already received over 50 adoption applications for him, a spokesperson told CNN.

Narwhal will likely be listed for adoption once he's older and has gone through more medical procedures like vaccinations. The staff say they also want to monitor his unicorn horn a little while longer to make sure it doesn't grow or become a problem.

"Everyone is super interested in him," the spokesperson said — but "we are hopeful they are seeing the other available dogs as well!"

Rescue puppy named Narwhal has a tail on his forehead and is 'perfectly healthy


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