Photos of the little pup with a tail on its forehead set the internet alight after he was found abandoned. But this is a ‘tail’ with a very happy ending.
By, 7 Dec 2019
The little dog's story began when he was discovered by rescue organisation Mac’s Mission. The poor pup was out in the cold wandering around with another dog. They both appeared to have been abandoned so they were taken to the rescue shelter. Staff soon noticed the cute puppy had what looked like a tail growing out from his forehead.
He was scanned and thoroughly checked over by a vet, but the tail seemed harmless and as it wasn't connected to anything it was decided that it would be left as it was.
The doggy's unusual second tail and magical unicorn appearance earned him the name Narwhal among rescue staff.
As soon as photos of the unicorn puppy were posted online, people all over the world fell in love with him. Photos and videos of the energetic puppy showed he was just a regular pup and not hindered at all by his special extra tail.
And while the extra tail may not wag, Narwhal's ‘other’ tail certainly wags enough for two.
But who are the new human parents of this adorable 10-week old pup?
Well, it seems only right that the person behind the organisation who found him should be the person to adopt him. Rochelle Steffen, founder of Mac's Mission, had no plans to adopt Narwhal. But once his story went viral all over the world, she realised she just couldn't let him go.
"I had no intention initially of keeping him," Rochelle 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.
"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," Rochelle added.
We think he looks very happy with the news!
Mac's Mission is a non-profit organisation that was created especially to help dogs who've experienced trauma or have physical abnormalities or clefts. Rochelle wanted to give these animals a second chance at having a happy life and a loving home.
She told ABC News: "Since those get euthanized far more than any others and there is a great need to give them a chance."
Most of the organisation's support and donations come from social media so Narwhal's story has been a huge boost for them.
"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!" Added Rochelle.