Every now and then, a mutant is born in the animal kingdom. Some of them occur naturally, while others might be man-made, achieved to serve a greater purpose. Regardless of the cause, genetically mutated animals are interesting freaks of nature, and they definitely deserve our attention. To show you some of the most remarkable mutated animals, we compiled this list with 25 Surprisingly Real Life Animal Mutations.
Note: All of the mutant animals featured in this post occurred naturally, most of them probably due to the increasing environmental pollution, which is just another sad indicator how drastically planet Earth’s health is worsening.
Goat with Eight Legs
This goat with eight legs and both male and female reproductive parts was born on a farm in Croatia in 2014. Veterinarians believe that the reason for the animal’s extra legs and sex organ is an underdeveloped twin sibling.
Cat with One Eye
Known as “Cleyed the Cyclops,” a one-eyed Bengal kitten with no nose was born in a veterinarian’s operating room in 2012. Sadly, the tiny kitten died very soon after coming into the world. Another kitten named Cy (pictured) was also born and died in one day in 2006.
Snake with One Foot
A snake mutant with one clawed foot was discovered in Southwestern China in 2009. The snake was about 40 cm (16 in) long and thick as a little finger.
Frog with Three Heads
Children in a nursery in Weston-super-Mare, UK, were shocked when they found a three-headed, six-legged frog in their garden. An extra toe is quite common in frogs, but this kind of mutation had never been observed in them before (and not since then).
Cat with Wings
Not just one but several male cats with wing-like growths on their backs were reported in Southern China. Although the growths appeared fluffy, they actually contained bones. Veterinary experts said the “wings” did not harm the cats’ quality of life.
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Cow with Six Legs
This cow was born with two extra legs on its back. The mutation of this animal was caused by radioactivity released during the Chernobyl Disaster in 1986. Even now, more than 30 years after the disaster, radioactivity can be still found in some animals living in the area.
Pig with Two Heads
A Chinese farmer was shocked when he saw the two-headed piglet that was born on his farm in April 2013. The condition of having two heads is known as polycephaly.
Fish with Two Mouths
A fish with two mouths was caught in the Lake Bonney in South Australia in 2015. The man who caught the fish said the upper mouth functioned normally while the lower mouth was permanently open.
Wendy the Whippet is twice as muscular and heavy as a regular whippet due to a rare genetic disorder. However, Chinese scientists are known to have created genetically-engineered, extra muscular dogs for hunting and military applications.
Pig with Monkey Face
In 2016, a piglet with the head of monkey was born in the town of Ciego de Avila in Central Cuba. Sadly, the piglet died just four days after it was born. Some experts say that environmental pollution was the cause of this disturbing mutation.
Fish with Three Eyes
This three-eyed catfish was caught by a fisherman in the Gowanus Canal in New York City in 2015. The Gowanus Canal is considered one of the most polluted water bodies in the US and it probably was the extreme contamination that caused this mutation.
Sheep with Six Legs
Not just one but two six-legged lambs were born on an organic farm in the UK. The owner of the farm, Simon Benett, said that no scientists were involved in the event.
Turtle with Two Heads
A farmer was left in shock after a two-headed turtle was born at his farm in the Jiangxi Province of China. Despite its abnormal appearance, the turtle was able to move around freely, and both heads were said to have a healthy appetite.
An extremely rare yellow lobster was caught and sold to a New York City restaurant in 2016. The unusual coloration was caused by a genetic mutation that has an occurrence of just 1 in 30 million.
Pig with Penis on Its Head
This pig mutant with human-like face and penis-like growth on its forehead was captured in China. It is believed that environmental pollution caused this terrifying deformity.
Several sightings of a purple squirrel have been reported in different parts of the world. One of them, for example, was seen repeatedly at a school in Stubbington, UK.
Cat with Two Faces
Named Frank and Louie (sometimes also Frankenlouie), this cat was born in 1999 with two faces, three eyes, two noses, and one brain. Two-faced cats usually die soon after birth, but this particular cat passed away at the ripe old age of 15.
Duck with Four Legs
As a result of a rare genetic mutation, Stumpy the Duck was born with four legs. Unfortunately, after catching one of his feet in chicken wire, he had to have the entire limb amputated.
Scientists blamed environmental pollution for the mutant transparency of several frogs captured in Central Russia. Their organs, skeletons, and even their beating hearts were blatantly visible through their skin.
Shark with One Eye
This 56 cm (22 in) long albino shark fetus with a single, functioning eye was found inside a pregnant dusky shark in the Gulf of California, Mexico.
Rabbit with No Ears
This earless bunny was born in a small zoo in Limbach-Oberfrohna in Saxony, eastern Germany, in 2012. Unfortunately, when the bunny was being filmed by a news team, a cameraman accidentally killed the cute animal by stepping on him.
Cow with Three Horns
A three-horned cow was born on a farm in Central Uzbekistan in 2016. Local media reported that the extra horn did not appear to cause the cow any trouble.
Dog with Two Noses
This Australian Shepherd named Toby was born with two noses. His owner, a music producer named Todd Ray, says he is an affectionate and happy dog who loves hugs and playing catch.
Lizard with Two Heads
This bizarre two-headed bobtail lizard was discovered in Australia. Both of the heads were fully functioning, but they reportedly hated each other; the larger one kept attacking the smaller one.
Dog with Two Legs
Duncan the Boxer was born with a severely deformed pelvis and hind legs with no way to correct them. The greatest chance at a good life for him was amputation, which eventually turned out well. Despite having just two legs, Duncan is now a happy and playful dog.
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