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Meet Narwhal the Little Magical Fluffy Unicorn

Daniele Cinone and AP, November 17, 2019 3:00PM Kids News

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Narwhal is incredibly cute and his carers have all fallen for him. Picture: supplied media_cameraNarwhal is incredibly cute and his carers have all fallen for him. Picture: supplied

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An abandoned puppy with a tail on his head – now famous around the world and known as a “magical unicorn” – will remain with the founder of the group that rescued him, despite more than 300 offers to adopt him.

The pup, who goes by the name Narwhal the Little Magical Furry Unicorn, was found by Mac’s Mission, a rescue organisation in Missouri, US.

Mac’s Mission explained: “The extra tail is not connected to anything and has no real use other than making him the COOLEST PUPPY EVER!”

Narwhal the Little Magical Furry Unicorn

Narwhal was found with a foot injury, the tiny little tail centred between his adorable eyes, and with an older dog, possibly a dachshund and wire-haired terrier mix.

The rescue group, which is known for taking in special-needs animals, confirmed the tail doesn’t move on its own.

De Brian Heuring, a vet at Cape Small Animal Clinic, gives Narwhal an examination. Picture: supplied media_cameraDr Brian Heuring, a vet at Cape Small Animal Clinic, examines Narwhal. Picture: supplied

If the tail ends up causing health problems, they will get it removed when he is “old enough and healthy to endure* a surgery.”

“Normally if one of our pups issues are completely cosmetic* we do not do surgery,” Mac’s Mission wrote on its Facebook page.

After getting checked by Dr Brian Heuring, a vet at Cape Small Animal Clinic, he said there’s no “real reason at this time for the unicorn tail to be removed.”

An X-ray showed that Narwhal's skull is normal. Picture: Facebook media_cameraAn X-ray showed that Narwhal’s skull is normal. Picture: supplied

Thousands of people have confessed their obsession for the unicorn pup’s cuteness on the Mac’s Mission Facebook page.

Others thought Narwhal should be a permanent member of the Mac’s Mission team.

Dajuanna Decelle said: “I think you should keep him and use him as a therapy dog to teach kids and others to accept the differences we see in others.

“That being different and unique* isn’t a bad thing.”

Thankfully the tail doesn’t bother Narwhal.

Narwhal has not been put up for adoption as the rescue group wants to let him grow and monitor* if the tail becomes a problem.

This article was originally published in The Sun and is republished here with permission.

Narwhal's unicorn tail doesn't seem to be causing him in discomfort. Picture: supplied media_cameraNarwhal’s unicorn tail doesn’t seem to be causing him any discomfort. Picture: AP

ONE-IN-A-MILLION DEER
Meanwhile, in Michigan, US, a buck deer is roaming the forest with three antlers.

A man unknowingly photographed the deer in the forest and didn’t realise it had an extra antler until he looked more closely at the photo sometime later.

Steve Lindberg posted the photo to his Facebook page where he regularly shares pictures from the outdoors.

Steve Lindberg's photo of the three-antlered deer. Picture: Steve Lindberg/Facebook media_cameraSteve Lindberg’s photo of the three-antlered deer. Picture: Steve Lindberg/Facebook

Two days later he posted another photo of the deer, “just to dispel any photoshop (sic) rumours.”

Vet Steve Edwards of Lakeview, Michigan, says the deer is normal and healthy. Dr Edwards said it’s possible that something happened when the deer was an embryo before birth and told the Detroit Free Press that the three-antler deer is probably a “one-in-a-million thing.”

GLOSSARY

  • endure: put up with
  • cosmetic: to do with looks
  • unique: the only one like it
  • monitor: watch

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QUICK QUIZ

  1. What does the puppy have on his head?
  2. What health problems did Narwhal have when he was found?
  3. What could Narwhal help with while he stays on the mission team?
  4. Why wasn’t Narwhal put up for adoption straight away?
  5. What is a possible cause of the deer’s third antler?

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CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES
1. Finding Narwhal a family
Narwhal has not been put up for adoption, but it sounds like there would have been lots of people hoping to welcome him to their family. What a tough job Mac’s Mission would have had, choosing the best owner to love and care for him! Think about what details they might consider in choosing him a family and design an application form that could be used to assess the candidates. The application form should be one A4 page in size and include questions that allow potential owners to show what a good life they can give to the pup.

Time: allow 30 minutes to complete this activity
Curriculum Links: English; Critical and Creative Thinking

2. Extension
There is a strong message in this news article that the things that are “imperfect” about us are often the things that makes us unique and wonderful. Write a paragraph to explain something that is unique and wonderful about you.

Time: allow 15 minutes to complete this activity
Curriculum Links: English; Personal and Social Capability

VCOP ACTIVITY
After reading the article, with a partner, highlight all the openers you can find in blue. Discuss if they are powerful and varied openers or not. Why do you think the journalist has used a mix of simple and power openers? Would you change any, and why?

HAVE YOUR SAY: Do you think Narwhal should have his unicorn tail removed?
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