If you’re a regular reader of this blog – and I hope you are – you’ll know that every now and then I like to cover weird news stories. This month has been filled with them, but two of the best I’ve heard are about a trio of cows who swam five miles after a hurricane and a puppy with a tail (yes, a tail) growing from its head.
The Olympic-Grade Swimming Cows
Three cows who were swept off Cedar Island on the coast of North Carolina during Hurricane Dorian somehow swam more than 5 miles, surviving under harsh conditions, and ended up roaming the Cape Lookout National Seashore Park on the state’s Outer Banks. The cows, who were presumed dead with dozens of other animals (including 28 wild horses), showed up and started grazing. Park staff noticed the first cow about a month after the storm had passed – and then, within the past two weeks, the other two revealed themselves.
The National Park Service is currently trying to figure out how to get the cows home, and one option is to sedate them and put them on a boat back to the island.
Narwhal the Unicorn Puppy
A sweet, weeks-old puppy was found abandoned in Missouri in early November. Unfortunately, that’s not uncommon – but although conditions were well below freezing and the poor pooch had the early stages of frostbite on one paw, he’s now doing exceptionally well.
And he has a tail on his forehead (hence the name Narwhal the Little Magical Furry Unicorn, but Narwhal the Unicorn Puppy for short).
After doctors examined him, they determined that the tail on his head really is a tail – but it doesn’t wag and it’s not connected to anything. He also has a tail on the other end; this one is just extra. Vets say there’s no medical reason to remove it because it doesn’t appear to bother him.
Narwhal was found with another dog – dubbed Poppa Smurf – who’s a Daschund Terrier mix. Rescuers believe Poppa Smurf may be Narwhal’s father, but they haven’t done any tests to find out. The rescue organization who has him has received dozens of adoption applications, but he’s not quite ready to go to his forever home just yet.
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