These unusual-looking animals have won the genetic jackpot

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

These unusual-looking animals have won the genetic jackpot

He looks like Bigfoot!

These unusual-looking animals have won the genetic jackpot

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

These unusual-looking animals have won the genetic jackpot

Meet Narnia, a rare two-faced cat

These unusual-looking animals have won the genetic jackpot

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

These unusual-looking animals have won the genetic jackpot

Dexter and his abnormally long tail

These unusual-looking animals have won the genetic jackpot

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.

This little puppy has a paw print on his nose

These unusual-looking animals have won the genetic jackpot

Here is Fanny. She has a rare skin condition called vitiligo, which causes depigmentation of her body hair

These unusual-looking animals have won the genetic jackpot

This cat must have a secret identity

These unusual-looking animals have won the genetic jackpot

Frankie, a four-eared cat found a foster home

These unusual-looking animals have won the genetic jackpot

Cat with 4 ears

These unusual-looking animals have won the genetic jackpot

This Staggering Cat Has Amazing Two-Tone Eyes Due To A Rare Genetic Condition

These unusual-looking animals have won the genetic jackpot

People always tell me my cat has the prettiest eyes

These unusual-looking animals have won the genetic jackpot

Rowdy met a new friend today. His name is Marcus and he has such a great attitude about his vitiligo

These unusual-looking animals have won the genetic jackpot

My cat has a genetic mutation that makes her eyes look weird. His eyesight is perfect

These unusual-looking animals have won the genetic jackpot

I am fostering for a local shelter and received a litter with a kitten who has dwarfism. She is half the size of her littermates

These unusual-looking animals have won the genetic jackpot

We found this rabbit with unique markings

These unusual-looking animals have won the genetic jackpot

A golden retriever with a rare black spot on his face

These unusual-looking animals have won the genetic jackpot

Meet Pixel, my beautiful kitten with heterochromia

These unusual-looking animals have won the genetic jackpot

I was told my new puppy had the rarest ears

These unusual-looking animals have won the genetic jackpot

My cat has vitiligo. She was all black when we got her, and every year she gets a few more spots.

These unusual-looking animals have won the genetic jackpot

I am a little tiger with vitiligo

These unusual-looking animals have won the genetic jackpot

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