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Offbeat Puppy with tail on his forehead gets adopted

11:56  05 december  2019
11:56  05 december  2019 Source:   abcnews.go.com

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There's a 10-week-old puppy in Missouri with a tail growing out of his forehead . And, appropriately, his name is Narwhal.

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a large brown dog lying on a bed: Narwhal, a 10-week-old rescue puppy with an extra tail on his forehead, was found in rural Missouri by Mac's Mission.© Rochelle Steffen/Mac's Mission Narwhal, a 10-week-old rescue puppy with an extra tail on his forehead, was found in rural Missouri by Mac's Mission.

A "perfectly healthy" rescue puppy, with a surprising physical feature that makes him extra special, has now been adopted by the founder of the organization who made him famous.

Narwhal, the 10-week-old furball who has a small tail-like growth on his forehead, was adopted by Rochelle Steffen, the founder of Mac's Mission -- a nonprofit dog rescue that predominately helps pups with special needs.

Steffen told ABC News last month that they found the adorable light brown dog, thought to be a dachshund and beagle mix, at a dump site in rural Jackson, Missouri, where she said "hundreds" [of dogs] have been dumped.

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After hearing that one had a tail on his forehead , Steffen says she knew he would be a fit. “We’ve got him under a kind of puppy witness protection program that if he’s not in my hands, he’s going to be very closely monitored by somebody I trust extremely well.

He was born with an extra tail on his forehead . It hasn’t wagged yet but he’s working on it. Further, his pseudo- tail is a lot shorter than his actual tail , in case you were wondering. The question now is just who will be the lucky recipient. "I think we’ve got about 17,000 people in line to adopt him at this

"He had x-rays and a vet visit ... and is a perfectly healthy puppy, with an extra tail on his face," Steffen said. "There is no medical need to remove it currently and it is a third the size of his actual tail."

a dog lying on a bed: Narwhal, a 10-week-old rescue puppy with an extra tail on his forehead, was found in rural Missouri by Mac's Mission.© Rochelle Steffen/Macs Mission Narwhal, a 10-week-old rescue puppy with an extra tail on his forehead, was found in rural Missouri by Mac's Mission.

"He is in no pain and plays for hours," she added.

A few weeks after the story went viral, Steffen has now decided to house the dog herself.

"I had no intention initially of keeping him," Steffen told the Southeast Missourian. "It’s not just a decision from me. The whole rescue cannot fathom him leaving. We all fell in love with him."

Steffen told the outlet that the rescue organization received hundreds of applications from people who wanted to rescue the dog, but decided that the dog is no longer for sale.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) – Narwhal the puppy has taken the internet by storm with his unique features. "He’s got an extra what looks like a perfect tail sitting in the center of his forehead ,” said Dr. Brian Heuring, veterinarian at Cape Small Animal Clinic.

Narwhal, the healthy and happy unicorn puppy , has a tail growing out of his forehead . Other than the beginnings of frostbite on one paw, the 10-week-old pup was healthy and happy, reports Mac's Mission, a nonprofit that focuses on special needs dogs.

She also feared the dog might be exploited.

"If somebody is going to make money off of him, I would love to see it go toward the rescue, and save thousands more dogs," Steffen said, adding that she plans to train Narwhal as a therapy dog.

a dog lying on a bed: Narwhal, a 10-week-old rescue puppy with an extra tail on his forehead, was found in rural Missouri by Mac's Mission.© Rochelle Steffen/Macs Mission Narwhal, a 10-week-old rescue puppy with an extra tail on his forehead, was found in rural Missouri by Mac's Mission.

Mac's Mission focuses on helping dogs with deformity, clefts and trauma "since those get euthanized far more than any others and there is a great need to give them a chance," Steffens told ABC News. "We give them that chance."

Because the nonprofit's life-saving efforts are strictly grassroots through social media, Steffens explained that Narwhal's story getting so much attention has been "majorly epic for so many new folks to find out about our little awesome rescue."

"We really love our little Narwhal and the others he is helping here with the attention!"

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