15+ Animals Whose Genetic Mutations Only Added to Their Charm

We know that zebras must be striped and that cats and dogs always have 4 legs and just one nose. And everything that is beyond the norm is usually called a mutation, which seems like something strange and ugly. But, in fact, animals with mutations can be really cute and charming.

We at Bright Side couldn’t believe that some of the animals from this article even exist.

This hamster was born hairless, so her owners made a sweater for her.

This husky has a huge tail, like a fox.

This cat with vitiligo looks like it just dipped its face into white paint.

This kitten’s paws look like human hands.

This cat’s eyes resemble Sauron’s.

This dog has lips. He looks like a human that somebody put a spell on.

This Indonesian breed of chicken has a dominant gene that causes hyperpigmentation, making the chicken mostly black, including its feathers, beak, and internal organs.

Nature awarded this greenfinch with a terrific hairdo.

Even Cara Delevingne would envy the natural eyebrows on this dog.

This pigeon has 40 tail feathers.

This cat has Shrek’s ears.

“My new kitten has an extra paw.”

This dog has a “fork nose.”

This cat with Down syndrome looks like an alien.

From a scientific point of view, cats can’t have Down syndrome because they have only 19 pairs of chromosomes, not 23, as humans do. But animals can have trisomy (a condition in which there are 3 instances of a particular chromosome, instead of the normal 2.) Trisomy’s symptoms are similar to those of Down syndrome in humans. Therefore, cats with genetic mutations are sometimes attributed to this syndrome, since it sounds more relatable to humans than trisomy.

Vitiligo made this cat’s coat look really remarkable.

A fox-cat

The cat-fox is part of Corsican shepherd mythology. From generation to generation, they told stories of how the forest cats would attack the udders of their ewes and goats. But in 2019, scientists discovered a unique cat that didn’t belong to any known species.

Have you ever seen a special animal with your own eyes? Tell us in the comments below.

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