’Narwhal’ staying with rescue; role as therapy dog

’Narwhal’ staying with rescue; role as therapy dog
Puppy has no complication with tail on head. (Source: Rochelle Steffen)

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 is a dachshund mix with as much energy as any other puppy would have.

Narwhal was taken in by Rochelle Steffen, founder of Mac the pitbull, a Facebook page and group that helps bring life back to dogs with special needs.

After spending time with Narwhal, Steffen said the puppy will stay with her mission and be part of her family. He will even have a mission of his own, he will be a therapy dog.

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Steffen said she found out about 10-week old Narwhal after she was tagged in a Facebook post. When she saw Narwhal’s face, she knew she needed to save him.

“I tell you what, he completely melted everything. He’s just ridiculous,” said Steffen.

Heuring said there are no complications with the extra “tail," no bony attachments and no vertebrae.

“We went as far as shooting X-rays," he said.

Steffen said they have heard backlash on why they aren’t removing his unique feature.

“Why remove it and give him an undue surgery? And then why take away his specialty? He makes everybody smile,” she said.

She said if they thought the extra tail would grow, they would take care of it.

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