Certain genetic abnormalities can lead to very interesting differences in the physical appearance of animals. Just think of Instagram superstars like Midas, the cat who took the internet by storm with her four ears, or the late Grumpy Cat, whose grumpy appearance was due to an underbite and feline dwarfism.
So this article is about nature’s tricks that have led to some unusual and sometimes even cool genetic surprises in the animal kingdom. After you’re done with this collection of fluffy creature snaps, be sure to check out the previous article fromipnoze on unique looking pets!
She has the most beautiful eyes
He looks like Bigfoot!
In cats, there are genetic mutations that lead to changes in their physical appearance. In the wild, mutations that cause cats to look unusual often quickly disappear from the population, as unique-looking individuals fail to breed in large numbers.
Zeus, the German Shepherd with dwarfism
Meet Narnia, a rare two-faced cat
But in domestic cats, some of these body mutations, like folded ears, can be seen as an attractive feature. Indeed, breeders select for these unique characteristics and they end up being perpetuated within the domestic cat population. That said, it is important to point out that these mutations, while considered attractive, are not always healthy for our pets and can have a huge impact on their health.
A rainbow reticulated python. Just another reminder that there are so many beautiful things in this world that are underrated, including snakes
Dexter and his abnormally long tail
Of the many genetic mutations found in cats, those that alter the ears are particularly attractive to breeds. For example, think of folded ears. This mutation is specific to the Scottish Fold breed, whose ears are folded forward and down to varying degrees. However, this gene is also associated with cartilage defects such as swollen feet and a thickened tail.