A rescue animal shelter in Missouri found a very interesting pup. He’s got a second tail growing in the middle of his head!! Veterinarians have said that there is no medical reason to remove it as it is not causing any harm to the puppy. The rescue organization, Mac’s Mission, is primarily a special needs animal rescue and has decided to call the little guy Narwhal.


Rochelle Steffen, who runs Mac’s Mission, named after a pit-bull terrier she rescued seven and a half years ago, told BBC News Narwhal “is in no pain and plays for hours”.

Writing on Facebook, Ms Steffen said Narwhal, named after a species of whale that has a single large “tusk”, had visited the vet on Tuesday.

And X-rays had showed his secondary tail, about a third the size of his actual tail, was not connected to anything and served no purpose other than to make him the “coolest puppy ever”.

Narwhal is not yet available for adoption as the staff want him to “grow a bit more and truly make sure the tail doesn’t become a bother or a problem”.



Ms Steffen said Narwhal was one of hundreds of dogs dumped in rural Missouri.

Those taken in by Mac’s Mission, who mostly had special needs – deformities, clefts, trauma, “anything major”, would otherwise be more likely to be put down, she said, so “there is a great need to give them a chance”.

“We give them that chance.”


Narwhal has gained lots of popularity through social media and has helped promote the little rescue and shed light on the uniqueness of little Narwhal. Ms. Steffen that it “is majorly epic for so many new folks to find out about our awesome little rescue”.

Thanks to our friends at BBC News for this great story and Mac’s Mission for the cute photo and their fine work in rescuing Narwhal!